Monday, May 20, 2024

Denzel Denied BAFTA Nomination Again, Never Had One, Wants to Follow “Macbeth” Star Turn with “King Lear”


Denzel Washington has two Academy Awards and six more nominations. But he has never received one nomination from the British Academy.

He has not a single nomination from BAFTA. Not one. And yesterday he didn’t receive one again, this time for his Oscar worthy turn as the main character in “Macbeth.” Trust me, on Tuesday morning Denzel will be nominated for an Oscar again and there’s a good chance he will win.

But no BAFTA.

Luckily, he doesn’t hold everyone in the UK to blame for this insane oversight. In today’s Daily Mail, Washington speaks to London’s number 1 columnist, Baz Bamigboye. He tells Baz that he plans on starring in another Shakespeare play, “King Lear,” as soon as possible.

Denzel tells Baz: “That’s the good stuff. These are great parts — and the greatest challenge.” He said that playing the ageing, troubled king was “absolutely something I want to do.”

And that means a film, too. Denzel doesn’t say this, but I’m sure he would invite Viola Davis to play Lear’s daughter, Goneril. After all, she won an Oscar and a Tony under his direction in “Fences.”

In the meantime, Washington will next film the third “The Equalizer” movie, plus he’s got more August Wilson plays to film like “The Piano Lesson.”

Great interview, and terrific scoop!


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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