Why Fences should win the best picture Oscar

Denzel Washington’s adaptation of August Wilson’s Pulitzer-winning play about race, family and dysfunction is real, raw and deserves recognition

Troy Maxson could have been a contender. He was, in his mind, destined for the Major League had his career not been cut down by racism. His ambition thwarted, he went on to become a garbage collector trying to eke out an honest, quiet living with his family in a Philadelphia suburb. His trajectory was a lesson in realising the limits placed on his life by the colour of his skin, a bitter knowledge that he doesn’t so much imbue upon his sports-mad son Cory as he does suffocate and stifle him with it.

In its way, Fences is 2017’s perfect Oscar bait following the whitewash of last year’s ceremony. Here is an adaptation of a prizewinning play written by the canon’s most celebrated African American playwright without a single white character, that is about and for showing black lives matter. August Wilson famously refused to let his Pulitzer-winning piece be adapted for screen by a non-black film-maker (when he was alive, he also insisted no major productions of his work be staged by white directors) and it’s under Denzel Washington’s respectful custody that the project has made it to the screen.

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