The most decorated actor in Black Reel Awards history, six-time winner Denzel Washington has received 20 Black Reel Award nominations. One of the most consistent performers in cinema, Washington has won the Black Reel as a Producer for Outstanding Motion Picture for Antwone Fisher (2002), Outstanding Director, Antwone Fisher (2002), and four times for Outstanding Actor in Flight (2012), Training Day (2001), Remember the Titans (2000), and The Hurricane (1999).
Washington has received two nominations as a Producer for Outstanding Motion Picture for The Book of Eli (2011), and Antwone Fisher. He has been honored with a staggering eleven nominations for Outstanding Actor in The Equalizer (2014), Flight, The Book of Eli (2011), Unstoppable (2011), The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009), Inside Man (2006), Out of Time (2003), John Q (2002), Training Day, Remember the Titans, and The Hurricane. In addition, Washington also received a nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor and Outstanding Director for Antwone Fisher.
Washington has received much critical acclaim for his film work since the 1990s, including his portrayals of real-life figures such as South African anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko in Cry Freedom (1987), Muslim minister and human rights activist Malcolm X in Malcolm X (1992), boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter in The Hurricane, football coach Herman Boone in Remember the Titans, poet and educator Melvin B. Tolson in The Great Debaters (2007), and drug kingpin Frank Lucas in American Gangster (2007). He has been a featured actor in the films produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and has been a frequent collaborator of directors Spike Lee and the late Tony Scott.