Chadwick Boseman, Cicely Tyson, Michael B. Jordan, Jodie Foster, Jamie Foxx, Morgan Freeman, Issa Rae, Mahershala Ali and Julia Roberts will be in attendance at the June 6 event to pay tribute to the celebrated actor.
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Many of the stars honoring Washington have worked with him before: Tyson starred with the actor in the 1977 TV movie “Wilma.” Foster and Washington starred in Lee’s 2006 film “Inside Man.” Roberts and Washington were co-stars in 1993’s “The Pelican Brief.” Freeman starred with Washington in 1989’s “Glory.”
Boseman's history with Washington goes back to the "Black Panther" star's time at Howard. Last year, Boseman spoke about Washington being a secret benefactor who paid for him to study abroad at Oxford University. Jordan, Boseman's "Black Panther" co-star, will be directed by Washington in the upcoming "Journal for Jordan."
Washington's AFI honor puts him in the company of Mel Brooks, Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, George Clooney and Alfred Hitchcock, the AP reported.
The “AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute To Denzel Washington” will air June 20 at 10 p.m. on TNT.