Denzel Washington
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"Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr." is an American actor and filmmaker.

Washington has received much critical acclaim for his film work since the 1990s, including his portrayals of real-life figures such as South African anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko (in the 1987 film Cry Freedom), Muslim minister and human rights activist Malcolm X (in the 1992 film Malcolm X (1992 film)/Malcolm X), boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter (in the 1999 film The Hurricane (1999 film)/The Hurricane), football coach Herman Boone (in the 2000 film Remember the Titans), poet and educator Melvin B. Tolson (in the 2007 film The Great Debaters), and drug kingpin Frank Lucas (drug dealer)/Frank Lucas (in the 2007 film American Gangster (film)/American Gangster). He has been a featured actor in the films produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and was a frequent collaborator of the late director Tony Scott.

Washington has received two Golden Globe awards, a Tony Award, and two Academy Awards: Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor/Best Supporting Actor for the historical drama-war film Glory (1989 film)/Glory (1989) and Academy Award for Best Actor/Best Actor for his role as a corrupt cop in the crime thriller Training Day (2001).

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I actually sat out in the audience a few times with my mother.

My mother never gave up one me. I messed up in school so much they were sending me home, but my mother sent me right back.

When they said my name, I said, 'There is no way I can go up here without sharing it with Rubin,' ... Everything that has happened with this film and this moment is about the love that has come from him.

I say luck is when an opportunity comes along, and you're prepared for it.

Acting is just a way of making a living, the family is life.

I made a commitment to completely cut out drinking and anything that might hamper me from getting my mind and body together. And the floodgates of goodness have opened upon me-spiritually and financially.

[Roberts, who starred opposite Washington in] The Pelican Brief, ... the best actor of this generation, hands down.

Luck is where opportunity meets preparation.

It's not only a pleasure, but an honor for me to be here tonight.