How Well Do Plays Perform at the Oscars in the Best Picture Category?

360 days ago | Scott Feinberg

Fences’ (Courtesy: Paramount)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

We already know what track record musicals have at the Oscars, but how well do works deriving from straight-up plays perform when the Academy is handing out the coveted trophy? With Fences being a frontrunner in the best picture category this year, does history indicate that a win could be in the work’s future? Let’s take a look back at how well this genre has performed at the awards show and see.

Fences, which is based on the August Wilson play of the same name and stars Denzel Washington (who also directed) and Viola Davis in the main roles, has landed on the prediction lists for most critics — including this site’s namesake, The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg — when it comes to best picture. Elsewhere, Washington is considered a frontrunner for best director and best actor, Davis is a


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Movies & TV

Fences (2016)
Carson (1962)
Grand Hotel (1932)
Cavalcade (1933)
Take It With You (2012)
Casablanca (1942)
A Man For All Seasons (1966)
Amadeus (1984)
Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
La La Land (2016)

People

Denzel Washington
Viola Davis
William A. Drake
Noel Coward
George S. Kaufman
Moss Hart
Murray Burnett
Joan Alison
William Shakespeare
Robert Bolt
Peter Shaffer
Alfred Uhry
Damien Chazelle
Emma Stone
Ryan Gosling