I saw the original production of FENCES on Broadway in the late 80s. It starred James Earl Jones as the strict, complex family man in the Pittsburgh of the 1950s. Jones' performance was great. He gave you goosepimples. We gave him a thunderous standing ovation. If Hollywood had not been so racially narrow-minded, FENCES should have been on the big screen in the early 90s with James Earl Jones and Ruby Dee. Ruby Dee would be so proud of Viola Davis' performance today.
Give Viola Davis an Oscar nomination right now for FENCES. This week, the star of ABC's HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She deserves it. She also deserves an Oscar.