Denzel Washington, actor, director, producer and two-time Academy Award winner was selected as the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Established in 1963 by President John F. Kennedy, this prestigious award is bestowed upon those who have made: “a special meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, to culture or other significant public or private initiative “.
The recipients of the award are chosen directly by the President of the United States and over the years several actors and directors have received the honor, including Sidney Poitier, Charlton Heston, Steven Spielberg, Robert De Niro and Tom Hanks. Along with the Congressional Gold Medal, the Presidential Medal of Freedom is considered one of the highest civilian honors bestowed in the United States.
The White House has released an official press release announcing the selections of President Joe Biden for the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Washington is among 17 recipients who will receive the award at the White House on July 7.
President Biden has long argued that America can be defined with one word: possibility. These seventeen Americans demonstrate the power of possibility and embody the soul of the nation: hard work, perseverance and faith. They have overcome significant obstacles to impressive achievements in the arts and sciences, have dedicated their lives to defending the most vulnerable among us, and have acted boldly to drive change in their communities – and around the world – paving paths for generations. to come.
The sole representative of the entertainment industry this year, other recipients of the accolade include gymnast Simon Biles, Congresswoman Gabby Gifford, Olympic gold medalist Megan Rapinoeis and the late Steve Jobs, co-founder / president of Apple. Washington is celebrated for its contributions to the film industry and its nonprofit work. Washington has been a national spokesperson for the Boys & Girls Clubs Of America since 1993 and has appeared in several advertisements promoting the organization’s work. Washington has not only served as the organization’s spokesperson, but also as a board member, a position he has held since 1995.
Denzel Washington is known for his masterful interpretations of historical figures such as South African activist Steve Biko in Cry for freedomthe human rights activist Malcolm X in the film of the same name, boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter in Hurricane – The cry of innocencefootball coach Herman Boone in The taste of victory (2000), the poet and educator Melvin B. Tolson in The Great Debaters – The power of the word (2007). he received three Golden Globes, a Tony Award and two Academy Awards: one for Best Supporting Actor for a war film Glory – Men of glory (1989) and one for best actor for his role as a corrupt cop in the crime drama Training Day (2001). In 2016 Washington received the Golden Globe for Lifetime Achievement. In 2019 she received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute. In 2016 his third feature film as director was released, Barriers; with himself starring alongside Viola Davis, the film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture. In 2022 he received his tenth Academy Award nomination in the Best Actor category for his portrayal of him in the film. Macbeth by Joel Coen.
Washington has announced that it will return for the sequel The Equalizer 3, third time of the actor in the role of Robert McCall. At the moment, Antoine Fuqua, director of the two previous films, has not been confirmed, but Dakota Fanning has been made official as the female lead alongside Washington. Richard Wenk, writer of the precedents, has returned to the screenplay The Equalizer – The Avenger And The Equalizer 2 – Unforgivable as well as the remake The magnificent 7again starring Washington, and action thrillers The mercenaries 2 And Jack Reacher: Point of no return. Wenk also wrote the live-action film Kraven the Hunterthe fourth film in Sony’s Spider-Man Universe (SSU) starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson as the Marvel anti-hero and famous Spider-Man antagonist.
Source: White House