How Many Oscars Has Denzel Washington Won?

by Jeremy Spirogis
How Many Oscars Has Denzel Washington Won?

If you wanted a number one man to place any movie excessive prior to now three a long time, Denzel Washington would have been a superb decide nearly each time. After getting his break on NBC’s St. Elsewhere in 1982, Washington shortly grew to become a fixture in characteristic movies — and annual award reveals.

In truth, recognition from critics and his friends got here nearly instantly as soon as Washington started touchdown main elements. For his portrayal of activist Steve Biko in Cry Freedom (1987), Washington acquired his first Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for the yr’s finest supporting actor.

Two years later, after taking part in Private Trip in Glory (1990), Washington acquired one other spherical of nominations on the main award reveals. That time, nonetheless, he didn’t go dwelling empty-handed. But it wasn’t the one time Washington received an Oscar.

Denzel has acquired 9 nominations as of 2020

Denzel Washington poses along with his Best Supporting Actor Oscar award for his efficiency in ‘Glory.’ | CHRISTOPHE D YVOIRE/Sygma by way of Getty Images

After he took dwelling the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his work in Glory, Washington didn’t wait lengthy to get again within the working for one more Academy Award. Three years later, the Academy nominated him once more — this time, for his work in a number one function.

Washington’s portrayal of Malcolm X within the eponymous movie by Spike Lee acquired him proper again within the working for extra awards. But Washington bumped into some dangerous luck on the ’93 Oscars. That yr, the Academy determined to present Al Pacino a long-overdue Oscar for Scent of a Woman.

By the tip of the last decade, Washington was as soon as once more up for the Best Actor Oscar after taking part in boxer Rubin Carter in Hurricane (1999). At the 2000 Oscars, Kevin Spacey walked dwelling with the Academy Award for his work in American Beauty.

But Washington’s run of box-office success and significant acclaim merely couldn’t be stopped. For his work as a crooked cop in Training Day (2001), he acquired his fifth of what’s turn out to be 9 Oscar nominations so far in his profession. And he received his first Best Actor Oscar for that function.

Denzel has received 2 Oscars thus far

Denzel Washington | J. Vespa/WireImage

At the 2002 Oscars, Washington needed to beat Sean Penn, Russell Crowe, and Will Smith to win his second Academy Award. And he succeeded. After that win, Washington used a few of that Oscar capital to direct his first characteristic movie. That image, Antwone Fisher, arrived in 2002.

American Gangster, during which Washington performs Frank Lucas, adopted in 2007. (That image grossed over $250 million worldwide.) More big-budget hits got here after, however Washington stored giving critics movies lots to chew over.

In 2012, his work as Whip Whitaker in Flight earned him his sixth Oscar nod. The seventh and eighth nominations of his profession got here in 2017 — for each producing and appearing work — within the August Wilson-penned Fences. Then Washington earned himself a ninth for his work in Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Though he turned 65 in December 2019, there’s no motive to suppose Washington will go away it there. Expect him again within the working for a 3rd Oscar within the close to future. Film followers (and everybody who income from the trade) wouldn’t have it in any other case.

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