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Comment 18 JANUARY 2013

Denzel Washington 'thrilled' with Oscar nod

Denzel Washington has spoken out about his Oscar nomination during the London premiere of his new film Flight.  The actor, who was nominated for his performance as substance-addicted pilot Whip Whitaker in the Robert Zemeckis drama, confessed his recognition was a "thrill".

The 58-year-old - who has won twice for his roles in 2001's Training Day and 1989's Glory - is up for best actor in this year's ceremony alongside Daniel Day-Lewis, Bradley Cooper, Hugh Jackman and Joaquin Phoenix.


Denzel Washington


"It feels good to be recognised and to be honoured is a thrill. It is very difficult to get into those five slots," he said outside London's Empire Cinema.

But Denzel, who has been nominated for an Academy Award six times altogether, said he has not considered the prospect of a hat-trick.

"I've been down this road six times before," he added.


Denzel Washington

Actress Kelly Reilly, who starred as Mary Watson in the recent Sherlock Holmes movies and plays recovering heroin addict Nicole in Flight, said he is "deserving" of his nomination.

Braving the freezing temperatures in a red strapless Antonio Berardi gown, she said: "It's phenomenal to work with someone like Denzel. It's a bit of an honour to work with someone of that calibre."

"He's like an acting animal. It's nice to wrestle some of these scenes out with someone so brilliant. It upped my game."

Also at the premiere were TOWIE couple Joey Essex and Sam Faiers, Sky Sports News presenter Charlotte Jackson, Sugababes singer Jade Ewen, pop star Jamelia and TV presenter Zoe Salmon.


Flight premiere

The nominations were announced last week from the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, by Oscars host Seth MacFarlane and actress Emma Stone.

Sweeping the board was Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, picking up 12 nominations in total. The presidential biopic was closely followed by Life of Pi, with 11. Receiving a notable seven nods, meanwhile, was Argo, while new Bond film Skyfall got five in total.

The big prizes will be announced on Feb. 24, 2013. In the meantime, Oscar hopefuls can look forward to the Screen Actors Guild Awards, which take place on Sunday January 27.

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