Denzel Washington

Oscar Acceptance Address for Best Leading Actor

delivered 24 March 2002, Hollywood, CA


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Two birds with one night, huh?

Oh, God is good. God is great. God is great. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you all. Forty years I've been chasing Sidney. They finally give it to me and what'd they do? They give it to him the same night. I'll always be chasing you, Sidney. I'll always be following in your footsteps. There's nothing I would rather do, sir. Nothing I would rather do. God bless you. God bless you.

Oh, I wanna thank the Academy. You know, when I was in college, first starting out as an actor, they asked each one of us what we wanted to do. I said, "I want to be the best actor in the world." All the students in the classroom looked at me like I was a nut. Life has taught me to just try to be the best that I can be. And I thank the Academy for saying to me that on this given night I was the best that I could be.

I wanna thank Warner Brothers and Alan Horn and Lorenzo di Bonaventura for supporting this film. And Antoine Fuqua, a brilliant young filmmaker, African-American filmmaker. I don't know where you are, Antoine -- love you. Ethan Hawke, my partner in crime.

So many people. I can't remember everybody -- lawyers, doctors, agents. My beautiful agent, Ed Limato. We've been together for so many years. Hometown boy from Mt. Vernon. My beautiful wife. I love you so much. You put up with me, in spite of myself. And my beautiful children at home. I told you, if I lost tonight, I would come home and we'd celebrate. And if I won tonight, I'd come home and we'd celebrate. Well, I'm coming home -- we're celebrating.

God bless you all.

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