In 1992, Denzel Washington played the African-American activist Malcolm X in Spike Lee's epic biographical drama. The movie also starred Angela Bassett, Delory Lindo and many other stars.
His portrayal of the equal rights activist brought Washington his third nomination for an Academy Award, this time as Best Actor. He was also nominated for a Golden Globe in the same category.
Denzel Washington Movies Through The Years
In the 1989 war movie Glory, Denzel Washington portrayed Private "Silas Trip", who fights in the 54th Massachusetts Infantry regiment, one of the first all-black regiment in the Union Army during the American Civil War.
The film was nominated for five Academy Awards and Washington won his very first Oscar as Best Actor In A Supporting Role. He had previously been nominated for his role in the 1988 movie Cry Freedom.