"The Great Debaters" (2007) — Directed By: Denzel Washington —
In a film that featured Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker and a young actor named Denzel Whitaker, "The Great Debaters" was an interesting merging of world presented on film. Based on the true story of Melvin B. Tolson, a professor at Wiley College Texas, Washington portrayed the legendary academic who inspired students to form the school's first African-American debate team, which would go on to challenge Harvard in the national championship.
"The Great Debaters" won Denzel Washington numerous accolades including Image Awards for Outstanding Motion Picture, Outstanding Actor, Outstanding Actress, Outstanding Supporting Actor and a Golden Globe nod specifically for Denzel's second directorial effort. Exemplifying truth, respect, pride and dignity, "The Great Debaters" allowed Denzel to portray African-Americans in a light Hollywood rarely showers on that community.
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