Denzel Washington is Still the Most Nominated Black Actor in Oscars History After Earning 10th Nomination for “The Tragedy of Macbeth

Denzel Washington, in Los Angeles in 2018, will receive the 47th AFI Life Achievement Award. | Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP

Denzel Washington’s nomination for best actor in the Joel Coen film The Tragedy of Macbeth marks him as the most nominated Black actor in Oscar history, with ten nominations and two wins.

Throughout his career, he’s been nominated for various roles, starting with his first nomination in a supporting role for the 1988 film Crying Freedom for his role as Steve Biko. Washington was nominated in the same category two years later for his role in the Edward Zwick civil war film Glory–and came away as that year’s winner for best-supporting actor. 

In between his next win, he received nominations for best actor in the Spike Lee-directed biopic Malcolm X and the Norman Jewison film Hurricane. It would be ten years from his first win to his second for best actor in Antoine Fuqua’s Training Day. He is one of four Black actors to win the award along with Sidney Poitier, Jamie Fox, Forest Whitaker.

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SOURCE: Deadline, Valerie Complex