By Glam & Essence
One of America’s legendary actors, Denzel Washington,was honoured at the 47th AFI Life Achievement Award. The event held at Dolby Theatre on June 06, 2019, in Hollywood, California.
Denzel Washington was honoured for a pioneering career spanning five decades and two Oscars that opened the door for a generation of black movie stars.
Renowned Director, Spike Lee presented the 64-year-old with the American Film Institute (AFI) Life Achievement award, billed as “the highest honour for a career in film” at a gala event.
Hollywood’s A-list black leading men paid tribute to Washington’s trailblazing career,while fellow Oscar winners like Morgan Freeman, Jamie Foxx and Mahershala Ali took to the stage,to pay him tribute,just as the “Black Panther” stars Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan
Chadwick Boseman in his tribute said,
“There is no ‘Black Panther’ without Denzel Washington,”referring to Marvel Studios’ first film to focus on a black superhero.
Washington is one of only four black stars to win the best actor Oscar.
He won a best supporting actor Oscar for American Civil War epic “Glory” (1989) and the best actor statuette for his bad cop character in Antoine Fuqua’s crime thriller “Training Day” (2001).
One of cinema’s most versatile actors, Washington has received acclaim for both cerebral, nuanced roles and action parts in movies such as “Man on Fire,” “American Gangster” and “Remember the Titans.”
He portrayed the American Muslim minister and civil rights campaigner Malcolm X in Lee’s 1992 biopic.