February 9, 2022
Photo by: Kevin Winter/Staff
One of our all-time favorite Black actors is making history during this #BlackHistoryMonth!
During his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! a week after Poitier’s death on Jan. 6, Washington discussed their bond. He claimed they met backstage in The Soldier’s Play, which later became the film A Soldier’s Story when Washington was a “struggling actor.”
“He came to see the play, and he came backstage and took pictures with all of us,” Washington recalled. “Everybody was sort of thinning out, and he came over to me and was like, ‘You’re good, you’re good.’”
Washington won his first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the 1990 picture Glory.
Smith and Washington were both nominated in the same category two decades ago, and fans on social media are calling it a “rematch.”
Twitter users have been giving their commentary through memes and voicing their opinions.
“It’s a rematch at @TheAcademyAwards for Best Actor between Will Smith in @KingRichardFilm & Denzel Washington in THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH. Last time they competed was 20 years ago with Will in ALI and Denzel in TRAINING DAY (for which he won the Oscar). #OscarNoms,” one fan exclaims.
It’s a rematch at @TheAcademy Awards for Best Actor between Will Smith in @KingRichardFilm & Denzel Washington in THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH. Last time they competed was 20 years ago with Will in ALI and Denzel in TRAINING DAY (for which he won the Oscar). #OscarNoms pic.twitter.com/b5flZnAjnB
— Jay (@Jay_3085) February 8, 2022
Like most fans, one person is uncertain of who will take home the award.
“Sheeeesh it’s Will Smith vs. Denzel Washington at the Oscars this year,” one fan tweets.
Sheeeesh it’s Will Smith vs. Denzel Washington at the Oscars this year!! pic.twitter.com/XohQChPJkA
— Jonathan (@Jcr00z) February 8, 2022
One person shares their opinion that this time around Smith should receive the Oscar award for his performance.
“Oscars 2022 Will Smith vs Denzel Washington (Best Actor) just like in 2002 but this time Will deserves it.”
Nonetheless, fans are happy that both Smith and Washington have been nominated!
Congratulations to Denzel Washington on his 10th nomination! Who are you rooting for to take home an award this year?