Spike Lee Presents Denzel Washington with AFI Lifetime Achievement Award

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Denzel Washington was given the American Film Institute (AFI) Lifetime Achievement Award by director Spike Lee.

The event took place Thursday, June 6 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California. Those who attended the award ceremony to honor Washington included actors Chadwick Boseman, Morgan Freeman, Michael B. Jordan, Issa Rae and Jamie Foxx, according to a press release from the institute.

“Denzel Washington is a hero to audiences all over the world and an inspiration for artists across generations,” Bob Gazzale, AFI President & CEO, said in the statement. “Prepare for an extraordinary night as AFI brings together American film’s finest to raise a glass to a national treasure.”

Lee first worked with Washington during the 1990 film Mo’ Better Blues, a drama about a Black jazz trumpeter, according to IMDb. The two also worked on the 1992 film Malcolm X, which Lee also directed. During…

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