Denzel Washington Will Receive The American Film Institute's Highest Honor
Photo Credit: Denzel Washington (photo credit: John Russo)

Denzel Washington Will Receive The American Film Institute's Highest Honor

Denzel Washington is set to receive the 47th Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute (AFI), its board of trustees announced on Friday. The award is considered to be America’s highest honor for a career in film.

Washington will be presented the award in June 2019 in Los Angeles. The tribute special will air on TNT.

In a statement, AFI Board of Trustees Chairman Sir Howard Stringer said: “Denzel Washington is an American icon. As an actor, he stands tall as a heroic, stoic embodiment of the best in all of us, and he does so with heart, humanity and one of the brightest smiles to ever light up the screen. Equally formidable as director and producer, he is a creative force to be reckoned with — and one of the most vital, relevant artists working today. AFI is proud to present him with its 47th Life Achievement Award.”

Washington has a five-decade-long career and gained fame for iconic roles in films such as Glory, Malcolm X, The Hurricane, Training Day and many others.

He’s been nominated for eight Academy Awards, winning two of them.


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