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12/13/07- Marshall

Academy Award Winner Denzel Washington Visits East Texas For "The Great Debaters" Movie Premiere

  Fan after fan...scream after scream... East Texas fans of "The Great Debaters" weren't the only ones excited.  For the actors-- their excitement came from the news of a Golden Globe nomination. "The fact that we got "Best Picture" nomination means the world, because it speaks volumes to how the movie was a team effort. It really was because everyone is so passionate about this project," said "The Great Debaters" cast member, Jurnee Smollet. Passion and excitement for a story that brings Marshall's Wiley college into the national spotlight. "This is a great story. We're happy about it and we're happy to be here to celebrate it. We're celebrating Wiley and we're celebrating the small guys, the little guys against the big guys and that's what they did 72 years ago and we're just here to celebrate that," said Denzel Washington. And tonight, East Texans were not in short supply to enjoy the celebration. " I'm kind of speechless, I never would imagine this many people would come out and support. East Texas come and check out the movie, your lives will be changed," said cast member Nate Parker. Changed lives and a night that the town of Marshall will never forget.

LaKecia Shockley, Reporting. lshockley@kltv.com

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