Denzel Washington Just Extended His Record as the Most Nominated Black Actor in Oscars History


With his latest performance, Denzel Washington has extended his reign as the most nominated Black actor in Oscars history. 

The 2022 Oscar nominations were announced on Tuesday, February 8, and the 67-year-old actor earned his 10th overall Oscar nomination for his performance as Macbeth in Joel Coen’s The Tragedy of Macbeth.

The film was an adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragic play, with Frances McDormand starring as Lady Macbeth opposite Washington. The Tragedy of Macbeth was also nominated for best cinematography and best production design. Washington’s performance as Macbeth received positive reviews, as well as earned him nominations for a Golden Globe Award, a Satellite Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award.


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In Washington’s storied, decades-spanning career, he’s received eight acting Oscar nominations and one nomination for his work behind the camera on Fences. Washington has won the Oscar for acting twice. He won best supporting actor for his portrayal of Private Silas Trip in the 1989 film Glory, and best actor for his performance as Detective Alonzo Harris in the 2001 film Training Day.

Denzel Washington holds his Oscar after winning the award for best actor in a leading role for his portrayal in the movie Training Day in 2002.MIKE NELSON

Currently Washington is in development on the third Equalizer film, reprising yet another one of his iconic roles as the intelligence officer Robert McCall. 

Will it lead to yet another Oscar nod? Only time will tell. 


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