Denzel Washington Honored With Life Achievement Award
Denzel Washington will join the ranks of Mel Brooks, Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep and Alfred Hitchcock. The 63-year-old star is seen here attending the premiere of Columbia Pictures’ “Equalizer 2″ at the TCL Chinese Theatre on July 17, 2018 in Hollywood, California – Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images North America.
Denzel Washington has been selected as the 47th recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award, according to Dave McNary, film reporter of the well known entertainment industry news magazine Variety.
The award will be presented to Denzel Washington at a tribute on June 6 in Los Angeles, which will air on TNT at a later date.
“Denzel Washington is an American icon,” said Howard Stringer, chair of the AFI Board of Trustees. “As an actor, he stands tall as a heroic, stoic embodiment of the best in all of us, and he does so with heart, humanity, and one of the brightest smiles to ever light up the screen. Equally formidable as director and producer, he is a creative force to be reckoned with — and one of the most vital, relevant artists working today. AFI is proud to present him with its 47th Life Achievement Award.”
Denzel Washington received Academy Awards for the war drama Glory in 1990 and for the crime thriller Training Day in 2002. He received Oscar nominations for Cry Freedom, Malcolm X, The Hurricane, Flight, Fences, and Roman J. Israel, Esq.
Denzel Washington broke into Hollywood on the NBC series St. Elsewhere. His notable film credits include Remember the Titans, The Great Debaters, American Gangster, Inside Man, and The Magnificent Seven. Washington made his feature directorial debut in Antwone Fisher and directed himself in The Great Debaters.