Denzel Washington received what many considered a well-deserved Oscar for his critically acclaimed role in the film training day.
Ironically, however, the actor almost didn’t show up for the awards ceremony that year. If only because he really didn’t feel like hanging out with some of the people there.
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Washington has won two Academy Awards in his long and historic career in the music industry. He received his first Oscar for his role in glory. That night helped him fulfill a dream since he was a younger actor watching other Oscar winners at their awards.
“Every young actor wants to win an Oscar. Years ago I was in a parking lot across from Spago and I could see the stars with their Oscars going to the after party. I said to myself, ‘I want to do that one day,'” Washington once told Oprah. “When I was in Fordham, I remember looking at Avery Fisher Hall and the New York State Theater and saying, ‘I’m going to work in those theaters.’ I had these dreams.”
So, when Washington won his first Oscar for Best Supporting Actor gloryhe could not believe it.
“Kevin Kline was raring to go. He had won last year  to the A fish named Wanda. After I got the Oscar and walked off the stage, I said to Kevin, ‘Did that just happen?’ It felt like I fell asleep in the mail room and would wake up and realize it was all just a dream,” he added.
That Macbeth Star would later win an Academy Award for Best Actor for his leading role in training day. But it came at a time when Washington really didn’t want to deal with the ceremony.
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Washington wasn’t in the mood to attend the Oscars this year. It was partly because he was very proud of a film The Hurricane, was covered when it was published. Washington was very proud of the film and felt the film was not shaken fairly.
“The studio didn’t release it properly and it got buried. They tried too hard to position it for the Oscars and they ended up damaging the film. But I think it’s one of those films that will only grow in reputation over time. That’s what I’m most proud of, right at the top Malcom X‘ he once said in an interview with Total Film.
Through The Hurricane, and also to stay on the ground of facts, Washington almost didn’t make it to the 2002 Oscars. Ironically, that would be the same year he would win for training day.
“I didn’t want to go to the Oscars. To hurricane, I said, ‘I don’t feel like dealing with these people. I just won’t go.’ In order to protect yourself, you almost don’t have to care. So that night I didn’t care — and of course they say ‘Here,'” he once said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
How Denzel Washington felt when he won an Oscar for “Training Day.”
Though very different from most roles he’d played, Washington was more than grateful for his win. What made his moment even more special was that actor Sidney Poitier also received an Oscar that same night.
“It was beautiful. It was also so wonderful to win and I had the opportunity to say thank you to Sidney Poitier, who received an honorary Oscar that same night, and to thank him for being the first major African American star. He got that paved the way,” he said.
Winning an Oscar may have been nice, but Washington refused to get his head around Oscar fame.
“My mother has a saying, ‘Man gives the price, but God gives the reward.’ I seek the reward. When it comes down to it, the £15 statue is an Oscars,” he said. “Awards are the icing on the cake. You have your time in the sun and your time in the shade. It’s pretty sunny for me at the moment [laughs]. How much better can my career get anyway?”
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