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The Great Debaters

Indies in the Awards Mix

Coin: Weinstein Co. financed and sold foreign. Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films produced; MGM released.

Buzz: Thespwise, star Denzel Washington is getting a lot more attention for “American Gangster,” but his second stint in the director’s chair (“Antwone Fisher” in 2002 was his first) is what’s garnering looks here. Overall, the feel-good story about a 1930s all-black Texas college debate team taking it to Harvard — and co-starring last year’s lead actor winner, Forest Whitaker — seems destined to receive its share of voter consideration.

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