Yes, Viola Davis Is Going to Win an Oscar This Year

With the first critics' groups getting ready to vote, a number of heavy-hitter Oscar contenders are finally revealed — and at least one instant frontrunner.

While it's certainly a first-world problem — having too many good movies to watch in the comfort of your own home — hosts Mike Hogan, Katey Rich, and Richard Lawson discuss on their Little Gold Men podcast, it's a problem that has a big impact on Oscar season: if everyone is trying to cram the same titles in the same short period of time, are some movies going to get short shrift? Will anyone ever listen to our pleas to release more great movies earlier in the year?

At least one movie coming in the final month of the year, though, won’t have any trouble breaking through the clutter: the word is in on Denzel Washington's "Fences," and the word is very good. Just as we suspected from the trailer alone, Viola Davis is an easy frontrunner for the best supporting actress trophy, to the point that it’s hard to imagine who might take it away from her.

But as Mike and Richard reveal after seeing the movie, it puts Denzel Washington very much in the conversation for both best actor and best director. Is he the next actor to follow Clint Eastwood's move and start a powerful second career as a director?

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