Said Washington, "I'm just so happy to see these young people get recognized."
What do you think of the awards? And did "Debaters" deserve Oscar noms this year?
PHOTO: Denzel Washington (Mel Tolson), Denzel Whitaker (James Farmer Jr) and Jurnee Smollett (Samantha) star in "The Great Debaters," which was shot in northwest Louisiana. (David Lee/Weinstein Co.)