I've written before that Hollywood's lack of inclusion and the need to embrace diversity is evident in how long it took any Pulitzer Prize winning Broadway work of the late and great black playwright August Wilson to make it to be big screen. Neil Simon won the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for his Broadway hit, LOST IN YONKERS. The film version hit the screens in 1993. A CHORUS LINE won the Pulitzer Prize in 1976. The film version arrived in 1985. AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY received the 2008 Pulitzer Prize. Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts received Oscar nominations for the 2013 movie adaptation. FENCES, August Wilson's play about the life of a 1950s working class black American family, won Wilson the 1987 Pulitzer Prize. THE PIANO LESSON, another play about black life in America, won Wilson the 1990 Pulitzer Prize. Did you get that? Black playwright August Wilson won TWO Pulitzer Prizes for his Broadway dramas about African American life.
Two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington and Viola Davis starred in the also Tony-winning and critically hailed Broadway revival of FENCES in 2010. The two stars won Tony Awards for their performances. They star in the film version, directed by Mr. Washington.
I repeat my prediction: Viola Davis will make Hollywood history as the first black actress to have more than two Oscar nominations to her credit.