MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- The Oscar nominations are out and Denzel Washington is on the list for "Best Actor" for his role as a former (fictional) Negro Leagues baseball player Troy Maxson in "Fences."
More importantly, with this nod, Washington, a two-time Oscar winner who grew up in Mount Vernon, becomes the only black actor to land eight Oscar nominations. So reports the Huffington Post, which puts Morgan Freeman close behind with a total of five Oscar nods.
The 62-year-old Washington not only stars in "Fences," but he directed the film which is also up for "Best Picture."
See the Huffington Post story HERE .
The 89th annual Academy Awards air Sunday, Feb. 26 on ABC.