AFI Life Achievement Award: Denzel Washington
July 21–Sept 3. Denzel Washington, a two-time Oscar® winner and Tony® Award winner, is the recipient of this year's AFI Life Achievement Award.
Washington's cinematic legacy includes powerhouse, Academy Award®-winning performances in GLORY (1989) and TRAINING DAY (2001), as well as celebrated roles in CRY FREEDOM (1987), MALCOLM X (1992) and FLIGHT (2012). Washington has crafted compelling, unforgettable characters in recurring collaborations with master directors past and present, bringing stalwart grit and nuanced complexity to films such as Jonathan Demme's PHILADELPHIA (1993), Spike Lee's INSIDE MAN (2006) and Ridley Scott's AMERICAN GANGSTER (2007) — and to blockbuster, crowd-pleasing fare such as Edward Zwick's (AFI Class of 1975) CRIMSON TIDE (1995), and Tony Scott's MAN ON FIRE (2004). Also a creative force behind the camera, Washington has helmed critically acclaimed films ANTWONE FISHER (2002) and THE GREAT DEBATERS (2007), in which he also stars. He won a 2010 Tony® for his performance in the play "Fences," and then directed, produced and starred in the 2016 film adaptation that earned him Best Actor and Best Picture Oscar® nominations. The AFI Life Achievement Award special will air again on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) in September along with a selection of Washington's films.
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