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Director: Denzel Washington
Stars: Derek Luke, Denzel Washington
What happened: Denzel Washington's directorial debut had a lot to work with and a touching real-life story at its center. But it ultimately served as a great introduction to actor Derek Luke and little else. Another Luke starrer, Phillip Noyce's "Catch a Fire," would become a would-be player four years later, while Washington's directorial follow-up, "The Great Debators," would similarly miss in 2007 (though not before a typical Harvey-smooching Best Picture nod from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and not before introducing the world to another great acting find, Nate Parker).