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Denzel Washington Inspires Hollywood’s A-LIST At the 47th AFI Life Achievement Award


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, LOS ANGELES, CA, June 6, 2019 — The American Film Institute (AFI) presented the 47th AFI Life Achievement Award to Denzel Washington on Thursday, June 6, 2019, at a Gala Tribute in Los Angeles.  Mahershala Ali, Chadwick Boseman, Jodie Foster, Antoine Fuqua, Jamie Foxx, Morgan Freeman, Michael B. Jordan, Issa Rae, Julia Roberts and Cicely Tyson all paid tribute to Washington’s life and work at the Dolby Theatre in the heart of Hollywood. At the evening’s end, Spike Lee presented the award to Washington.

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Additional guests included Ed Begley, Jr., W. Kamau Bell, Joy Bryant, Joel Coen, Richard Donner, Ava DuVernay, Cary Elwes, Carl Franklin, Antoine Fuqua, David Alan Grier, Keegan-Michael Key, Martin Lawrence, Frances McDormand, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Paula Patton, Jay Pharoah, Chris Tucker, Edward Zwick, Taís Araújo and Paola Núñez.
Surprise guest Beyoncé presented AFI’s Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal to her frequent collaborator, multitalented film, television and music video artist Melina Matsoukas (AFI Class of 2005). “She is fearless, no matter the challenges, and believes in breaking stereotypes in the industry,” said Beyoncé. “As a woman of color, conformity is not her thing. Her drive, vision, taste level and storytelling are boldly unapologetic.”

President Bob Gazzale, 2019 Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal recipient Melina Matsoukas and Beyoncé

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The evening featured a musical performance from Jennifer Hudson, who sang a powerful rendition of Sam Cooke’s classic, 1964 civil-rights anthem “A Change Is Gonna Come.”
Presenters gave poignant remarks about Washington’s influence on their own careers. Chadwick Boseman said, “There is no BLACK PANTHER without Denzel Washington… because my whole cast, that generation, stands on your shoulders.”
Julia Roberts, who collaborated with Washington on THE PELICAN BRIEF, said, “Working with you was like working with The Beatles. You are the greatest talent of any time.”

Issa Rae, speaking about how Washington’s work informed her own, said, “He embodies and commands every role he takes on. His performances demand you look at every moment. And he dares you to look away.”
“Your gift is to unite us and inspire us, and I want to thank you for leading the way,” said Michael B. Jordan.

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Accepting the award, Washington closed the night by saying, “The least we can do is think about the young people, the future, and individually and collectively do the best we can to try and turn this thing around.”
At the event, AFI CEO and President Bob Gazzale announced the second recipient of the Audi Fellowship for Women, a full-tuition scholarship created by Audi in 2017 to support a promising female director entering the AFI Conservatory. Nicole Mejia will receive the Fellowship, beginning this August in the Conservatory’s prestigious Directing program. On June 10, the inaugural Audi Fellow, Natalie Camou, will graduate at the AFI Commencement. This Fellowship is part of Audi’s commitment to drive progress, and a landmark investment in the future of the storytelling community.

The AFI Life Achievement Award special will air on TNT on Thursday, June 20, at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT, followed by an encore at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT. Sister network Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will also air the special in September, during a night of programming dedicated to Washington’s work. This marks the seventh year the Emmy®-winning AFI special will air on TNT.

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About Denzel Washington
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), THE HURRICANE (1999), FLIGHT (2012) and ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ. (2017), earning additional nominations for each. Washington has crafted compelling, unforgettable characters in recurring collaborations with master directors past and present, bringing stalwart grit and nuanced complexity to films essential to the American canon, 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), Tony Scott’s MAN ON FIRE (2004) and Antoine Fuqua’s THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (2016).  A creative force behind the camera as well, 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 directed, produced and starred in the 2016 film adaptation that earned him Best Actor and Best Picture Oscar® nominations.

About the AFI Life Achievement Award

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The highest honor given for a career in film, the AFI Life Achievement Award was established by the AFI Board of Trustees in 1973.  It is presented to a single honoree each year based on the following criteria as mandated through a resolution passed by the AFI Board of Trustees: “The recipient should be one whose talent has in a fundamental way advanced the film art; whose accomplishment has been acknowledged by scholars, critics, professional peers and the general public; and whose work has stood the test of time.” See the complete list of past honorees here.

About WarnerMedia
WarnerMedia is a leading media and entertainment company that creates and distributes premium and popular content from a diverse array of talented storytellers and journalists to global audiences through its consumer brands including: HBO, Warner Bros., TNT, TBS, CNN, DC Entertainment, New Line, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Turner Classic Movies, truTV and others. WarnerMedia is part of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T).

About Turner Classic Movies (TCM)
Turner Classic Movies (TCM)
 is a two-time Peabody Award-winning network that presents great films, uncut and commercial-free, from the largest film libraries in the world highlighting the entire spectrum of film history. TCM features insights from Primetime host Ben Mankiewicz, along with hosts Alicia Malone, Dave Karger and Eddie Muller, plus interviews with a wide range of special guests and serves as the ultimate movie lover destination. Currently in its 25th year as a leading authority in classic film, TCM offers critically acclaimed series like The Essentials, along with annual programming events like 31 Days of Oscar® in February and Summer Under the Stars in August. TCM also directly connects with movie fans through events such as the annual TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood, the TCM Big Screen Classics series in partnership with Fathom Events, as well as through the TCM Classic Film Tour in New York City and Los Angeles. In addition, TCM produces a wide range of media about classic film, including books and DVDs, and hosts a wealth of material online at tcm.com and through the Watch TCM mobile app.

About the American Film Institute
The American Film Institute was established by presidential proclamation in the White House Rose Garden and launched its national mandate on June 5, 1967 — to preserve the heritage of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of storytellers. AFI’s founding Trustees included Chairman Gregory Peck, Vice Chairman Sidney Poitier, Francis Ford Coppola, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., Jack Valenti and George Stevens, Jr., as Director.

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Denzel Washington Returns to Broadway


It feels like forever since we last heard from Denzel Washington on Broadway. But that soon changes. It’s about time, now Broadway fanatics will see one of Hollywood’s most iconic actors shine on the big stage. As for Washington, he’s just pumped and ecstatic to return to the stage.

“I’m very excited to come back to Broadway in this great play and to be working on it with American director George Wolfe,” Washington told the New York Post.

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The 63-year-old, two-time Oscar winner will be starring in a revival of Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh. The play, which takes place in a Manhattan saloon, features Washington in the role of Theodore Hickman, a.k.a. Hickey, who is a charming traveling salesman.

I’m sure this play will be a sensational hit. Why’s that? Because the last two plays he starred in, A Raisin in the Sun in 2014 and Fences in 2010, were among the top earning plays of their respective seasons. On top of that, he has become a heavy hitter, winning a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his work in Fences.

Eager fans should rush to buy their tickets online or at the box office now, because they will probably sell out fast. Especially with it being Washington’s return to the Broadway stage.

The play opens on April 26 and runs to July 1. At the moment, regular ticket prices range from $79-$199; however, premium ticket prices range from $209-$350. Tickets are available on Broadway.com.


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The Golden Globe Awards 2016 Highlights


Drumroll, please, for last night’s “party of all reward parties,” essentially The 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards. It was exactly how hostess Liliana described it: expect the unexpected! From the spectacular fashions to draw dropping wins and speeches, this year’s ceremony brought strong competition between film and television, and Cliché has The Golden Globe Awards 2016 Highlights for you here!
Welcoming Back Host: Ricky Gervais

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Photos Courtesy of NBC

He was a topic of discussion during the Fashion Highlights, and with good reason. The return of Ricky Gervais was enough to keep audiences at the Golden Globes and those watching at home with tense smiles and baited breath, wondering what he was going to say next. Overall, Gervais, with his “it’s funny because it’s true” moments and all, did a good job of hosting; though, Matt Damon might feel otherwise. (Sorry, Matt.)
Best Supporting Actress In A Supporting Role In Any Motion Picture:  Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs
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Photo Courtesy of Jason Merritt/Getty Images

The epitome of elegance and grace, Kate Winslet, never ceases to amaze us with her loveliness — be it her diction, dress, or overall being. And yes, Kate, we couldn’t agree with you more: 2015 was an incredible year for women in film.
Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series, Comedy or Musical: Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
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Photo Courtesy of Jordan Strauss

Receiving her first win, Rachel is proof that patience and determination pays off, and so does never giving up!
Our Favorite Celebrity Hostesses: Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer
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Photo Courtesy of Vanity Fair

These two beauties were a hilarious duo. They had a harmonious chemistry, and to be honest, we’re envious of their sharp-witted, inside humor. We wished we could’ve sat with them at the after-party.
Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role In Any Motion Picture: Sylvester Stallone, Creed
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Who else had goosebumps when Sylvester Stallone received his award? It was the first standing ovation of the night, and no one seemed to be more shocked than Sylvester himself. It was a moment that left us with all the feels.
Best Performance By An Actress In A Limited Series: Lady Gaga, American Horror Story: Hotel!
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Courtesy of Jordan Strauss

Though music came first, acting has been a close second calling for artist and singer Lady Gaga. Her guest appearance on American Horror Story: Hotel! showed us her flexibility and creativity in the entertainment and music industry. Not to mention, Lady Gaga’s speech was as beautiful as she. (On a side note: what was up with Leo’s side-eye? We spy memes.)
Best Original Song for Spectre: “Writing’s On The Wall”
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Sam Smith ©Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Cheers to our boy, Sam Smith! We couldn’t be happier for this gentleman who’s a sweetheart through and through, and of course, a genuinely talented artist, too.
The Cecil B. DeMille Award: Denzel Washington

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Tom Hanks presented the most touching speech in admiration and respect for Denzel Washington. Listening to Tom Hanks’ speech and watching Denzel Washington’s reaction was enough to have us reaching for the tissues. We couldn’t think of a better person to have been honored with such an award; congrats, Denzel!
Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series, Drama: Taraji P. Henson, Empire
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After much waiting and anticipation, Taraji finally received the recognition she deserves! (By the way, we would’ve loved some of those baked cookies!) Her award for her role as Cookie proves that the character’s personality is what our society longs for: to answer without hesitation or manipulate words, as described by Taraji during the Fashion Highlights.
Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
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Courtesy of Paul Drinkwater/NBC

The look of anticipation on Leonardo’s face could be felt through television screens and right into our hearts. We practically felt the anxiety riding within him, as everyone waited to hear the results, but how could we blame him? After listening to Leonardo’s interviews on the red carpet and acceptance speech regarding The Revenant, it’s no wonder the man was almost brought to tears when his name was announced. Now how about the next stop: the Oscars?!
Other winners from the night included:
Best Performance By A Supporting Actress In A Mini-Series or Television Movie: Maura Tierney, The Affair (1st win & nomination)
Best Television Series, Comedy: Mozart in the Jungle
Best Limited Series or Television Movie: Wolf Hall
Best Performance By An Actor In A Limited Series or Television Movie: Oscar Isaac, Show Me A Hero
Best Performance By An Actor In A Television Series or Movie: Christian Slater, Mr. Robot
Best Original Score, Motion Picture: Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight
Best Performance By An Actor In A Television Series, Drama: Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture, Comedy: Matt Damon, The Martian
Best Animated Motion Picture: Inside Out
Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, Steve Jobs
Best Performance By An Actor In A Television Series: Gael Garcia Bernal, Mozart in the Jungle
Best Foreign Language Motion Picture: Son of Saul
Best Television Series, Drama: Mr. Robot
Best Director: Alejandro Iñárritu, The Revenant
Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy: Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy: The Martian
Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture, Drama: Brie Larson, Room
Best Motion Picture, Drama: The Revenant
Feel free to comment down below on your favorite highlights from the night. We’d love to know!
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