This film image released by Paramount Pictures shows Denzel Washington portraying Whip Whitaker in a scene from “Flight.” (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, Robert Zuckerman)
Denzel Washington scored his first Oscar nomination in over a decade this morning for his acclaimed performance as an alcoholic pilot in the hit drama Flight. This is Denzel’s sixth career Academy Award nomination, making him the most honored black actor in history. He’s won twice before: supporting actor for 1989′s Glory and best actor for his villainous role in 2001′s Training Day.
This recognition caps perhaps a career-best year for the A-list superstar, following the box office success of February’s action thriller Safe House and now his return to Hollywood’s most prestigious night.
Beasts of the Southern Wild won the ‘Grand Jury Prize’ at the Sundance Independent Film Festival and won the Camera d’Or for best first film at the Cannes Film Festival.
This films marks Benh Zeitlin’s directorial debut, who also received an Oscar nomination for best director. Wallis will be competing for the best actress trophy alongside heavy hitters like Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook) and Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty).
Although Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington and Samuel L. Jackson did not receive nods for Django Unchained, the Quentin Tarantino-directed film did receive nominations for Best Picture, Original Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor (Christoph Waltz). For the full list of 2012 Academy Award Nominees, click here.