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Actor Denzel Washington receives lifetime achievement award in Hollywood

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Published on June 7, 2019 - Duration: 01:31s

Actor Denzel Washington receives lifetime achievement award in Hollywood

Two-time Oscar-winner Denzel Washington has been honored with the American Film Institute (AFI) Life Achievement Award, the film body's top honor.

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Actor Denzel Washington receives lifetime achievement award in Hollywood

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Two-time Oscar-winner Denzel Washington was honoured in Los Angeles on Thursday night (June 6) when he was presented with the American Film Institute (AFI) Life Achievement Award, the film body's top honor.

Washington arrived for the glitzy ceremony at the Dolby Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard accompanied by his wife Pauletta and two of their children.

Reflecting on his long career, the Hollywood veteran told reporters what he was most proud of.

"I can't say one thing.

You know, the career is what I am most proud of.

The arc of it, the longevity, the fact that I still have a desire to do it," said Washington.

Director Spike Lee, who has worked with Washington four times, was set to present the Oscar-winner with his lifetime achievement award at the ceremony.

Lee, who directed Washington in his Oscar-nominated turn as "Malcolm X," was full of praise for Washington.

"I'm happy to be here, I'm happy for him, happy for the whole Washington household, especially Pauletta (Washington), his lovely wife.

And it is a celebration," said Lee.

Among the stars in attendance at the Thursday night gala were Jodie Foster, Julia Roberts, Cicely Tyson and Morgan Freeman.

Past honorees of the AFI Lifetime achievement award include George Clooney, Alfred Hitchcock, Robert De Niro and Steven Spielberg.

The 64-year-old Washington has been nominated for a total of nine Oscars and has won two, a best supporting actor Oscar in 1989 for "Glory" and the best actor Oscar for 2001's "Training Day." (Production: Krystian Orlinski, Marissa Davison)

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