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Mount Vernon's Denzel Washington Becomes Most Oscar-Nominated Black Actor

Mount Vernon native Denzel Washington was recently awarded the prestigious Cecil B. DeMille at the  2017 Golden Globes.
Mount Vernon native Denzel Washington was recently awarded the prestigious Cecil B. DeMille at the 2017 Golden Globes. Photo Credit: Wikipedia

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.

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