Actor Denzel Washington has been honoured for a pioneering yet stellar career spanning a total of five decades. And with Washington having over two Oscars that opened the door for a generation of black movie stars.
His frequent collaborator and legensary spSpike 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 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
Hollywood’s small elite of A-list black leading men paid tribute to Washington’s trailblazing career — fellow Oscar winners Morgan Freeman, Jamie Foxx and Mahershala Ali took to the stage, as did “Black Panther” stars Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan.
“You paved the way. You showed us the path. But what’s truly monumental is that your influence, your reach, transcends race without ever denying it,” said Ali while praisng the legedantory.
Washington, one of only four black stars to win the best actor Oscar, has offered great acting in diverse roles in “Man on Fire,” “American Gangster” and “Remember the Titans.”
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