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Oscar Worthy Film Characters

On Sunday, April 25, the 93rd Academy Award will take place at 8pm Eastern Time on ABC. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the ceremony is taking place a few months later than it normally would. 

According to the Wall Street Journal, “Producers of the ceremony initially hoped to have the honors handed out—and received—only in person. However, given Covid-19 risks and the challenges of international travel, the Academy appears to be open to acceptance speeches from hubs in London and Paris by winners who can’t make it to Los Angeles.”

Last week, the first round of presenters were named and here’s a few of the stars you can look forward to seeing. Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Bong Joon Ho, Don Cheadle, Bryan Cranston, Laura Dern, Harrison Ford, Regina King, Marlee Matlin, Rita Moreno, Joaquin Phoenix, Brad Pitt, Reese Witherspoon, Renée Zellweger and Zendaya.

ABC7 say “It’ll be a scaled back affair, with only presenters, nominees and their guest in attendance, but the producers are working to make it a must-see event amid critically low ratings for other awards shows during the pandemic.”  

I’m sure you’re wondering…Will it be a boring Zoom event like the Golden Globes? No. According to ABC7 “The Oscars are not making a virtual element possible for nominees who either can’t or don’t feel comfortable attending. The producers said they plan to treat the event like an active movie set with on-site COVID safety teams and testing protocols.”  So no pajamas for this event. 

In this episode of Trivia Rewind, it’s all about those characters that were played so well that the actor or actress won a Best Actor or Best Actress Oscar.  Over the years, some brilliant actors and actresses have played roles that have won them best acting Oscar Awards.  Some have even made history in the process.

Currently, the actress that holds the record for the most Oscar wins is Katharine Hepburn.  She was nominated for 12 awards and won 4.  

The actor that has the record for the most Oscar wins is Daniel Day Lewis. He was nominated for 6 awards and won 3.  

Other actors and actresses have set records for things other than the amount of wins.  Sidney Poitier was the first black male to win a Best Actor Oscar. That was for his role in the film Lilies of the Field. Hattie McDaniel was the first African American to ever win an Oscar.  Her award came from her performance in Gone with the Wind. 

Just this year, Steven Yeun is making history by being the first Asian American ever to have been nominated for a Best Actor Oscar.  He’s nominated for his role in the film Minari. We’ll have to wait until Sunday, April 25th to find out if he won. 

This episode of Trivia Rewind will be a little different than our other episodes. Here’s how it will work.  I will ask you 20 questions. After each question, I’ll pause and then I’ll give you the answer.   This may be harder than you think.  I’ll give you the name of the character and the year the movie was released. You’ll have to guess which movie the character is from.  See how many of the 20 you get right!  

Spoiler alert! Below, you will find the transcript for this episode. You can listen to Trivia Rewind on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts. For more Oscar fun, look back at some of our previous episodes!

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Trivia Rewind Episode 45 – Oscar Worthy Movie Roles

[00:00:00] Hey there. Welcome to this special Oscar edition of Trivia Rewind. I’m Debi Jenkins, your host of the virtual red carpet. On Sunday, April 25th, the 93rd Academy Awards will take place at 8:00 PM Eastern time. Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the ceremony is taking place a few months later than it normally would.

[00:00:35] According to the Wall Street Journal, “Producers of the ceremony initially hoped to have the honors handed out and received only in person. However, given COVID 19 risks and the challenges of international travel, the Academy appears to be open to acceptance speeches from hubs in London and Paris by winners who can’t make it to Los Angeles.”

[00:00:59] Last [00:01:00] week, the first round of presenters were named and here are a few of the stars you can look forward to seeing. Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Bong Joon Ho, Don Cheadle, Bryan Cranston, Laura Dern, Harrison Ford, Regina King, Marlee Matlin, Rita Moreno, Joaquin Phoenix, Brad Pitt Reese Witherspoon, Renee Zellweger, and Zendaya.

[00:01:24] ABC seven says, “It will be a scaled back affair with only presenters, nominees and their guest in attendance. But the producers are working to make it a must-see event amid critically low ratings for other award shows during the pandemic.” So will it be a boring Zoom event like the Golden Globes? No.

[00:01:45] According to ABC seven, “The Oscars are not making a virtual element possible for nominees who either can’t or don’t feel comfortable attending. The producers said they planned to treat the event like an active [00:02:00] movie set with onsite COVID safety teams and testing protocols.” So no pajamas for this event.

[00:02:09] In this episode of Trivia Rewind, it’s all about those characters that were played so well that the actor or actress won a Best Actor or Best Actress Oscar. This episode will be a little different than our other episodes. Here’s how it will work. I will ask you 20 questions. After each question, I’ll pause and then I’ll give you the answer. I’ll give you the name of the character and the year the movie was released. You’ll have to guess which movie the character is from.

[00:02:45] Unfortunately, there won’t be fun facts for this episode. I know you must be disappointed. That’s my favorite part of the show too. Stick around to the very end, because I’ll tell you who currently holds the [00:03:00] record for the most Best Actor and Best Actress Oscar wins. Plus a few other interesting Oscar record facts.

[00:03:09] So if you are ready, let’s get started with question one. In what film from 1987 would you find the character Gordon Gekko? That movie was Wall Street. Actor Michael Douglas had the role of Gordon Gekko and this was his first Best Actor Oscar win.

[00:03:39] Question two. In what 1988 film would you find the character Raymond Babbitt? That movie was Rain Man. Actor Dustin Hoffman had the role of Raymond Babbitt. This was his second Best [00:04:00] Actor Oscar win. He had previously won a Best Actor Oscar for his role in Kramer vs. Kramer.

[00:04:08] Question three. In what film from 2005 did an actress win the Best Actress Oscar for her role portraying June Carter Cash? That movie was Walk the Line. Actress Reese Witherspoon had the role of June Carter Cash. This was her first Best Actress Oscar win.

[00:04:34] Question four. In what film from 2016 would you find the character Mia Dolan? Well, that movie was LA LA Land. Actress Emma Stone had the role of Mia Dolan. This was her first Best Actress Oscar win.

[00:04:58] Question five. [00:05:00] In what 2017 film did one actor win a Best Actor Oscar for portraying Winston Churchill?

[00:05:11] That film was Darkest Hour. Gary Oldman had the role of Winston Churchill. This was his first Best Actor Oscar win. He is currently nominated for another Best Actor Oscar in this upcoming 93rd Academy Award Ceremony.

[00:05:31] Question six. In what 2019 film would you find the character Arthur Fleck? That movie was The Joker. Actor Joaquin Phoenix had the role of Arthur Fleck. This was his first Best Actor Oscar win.

[00:05:50] Question seven. In what film from 1980 would you find the character Jake LaMotta? [00:06:00] That film was Raging Bull. Actor Robert DeNiro had the role of Jake LaMotta. This was his second Best Actor Oscar win. His first was for his role in The Godfather Part II.

[00:06:15] Question eight. In which 1996 film would you find the character Marge Gunderson? That film was Fargo. Actress Frances McDormand had the role of Marge Gunderson. This was her first Best Actress Oscar win. She’s currently nominated for another Best Actress Oscar at the upcoming 93rd Academy Awards.

[00:06:44] Question nine. In what 2001 film would you find the character Detective Sergeant Alonzo Harris? Well, that film was Training Day. Actor Denzel Washington [00:07:00] had the role of Alonzo Harris and this was his first Best Actor Oscar win.

[00:07:07] Question 10. In what 1987 film would you find the character Loretta Castorini? That film was Moonstruck. Cher had the role of Loretta Castorini and this was her first Best Actress Oscar win.

[00:07:30] Question 11. In what 2004 film would you find the character Maggie Fitzgerald? That film was Million Dollar Baby. Actress Hillary Swank had the role of Maggie Fitzgerald and this was her second Best Actress Oscar win.

[00:07:52] Question 12. In what 2013 film would you find the character Ron Woodruff? [00:08:00] That film was Dallas Buyers Club. Actor Matthew McConaughey had the role and this was his first Best Actor Oscar win.

[00:08:13] Question 13. In what 2009 movie would you find the character Otis “Bad” Blake? That film was Crazy Heart and actor Jeff Bridges had the role. This was his first Best Actor Oscar win.

[00:08:36] Question 14. In what 1990 film would you find the character Annie Wilkes? That film was Misery. Actress Kathy Bates had the role and this was her first Best Actress Oscar win.

[00:08:55] Question 15. In what [00:09:00] 1993 film would you find the character Andrew “Andy” Beckett?

[00:09:07] That film was Philadelphia and actor Tom Hanks had the role. This was his first Best Actor Oscar win.

[00:09:18] Question 16. In what 1980 film did the actress win a Best Actress Oscar for portraying Loretta Lynn? Well, that film was Coal Miner’s Daughter. Actress Sissy Spacek had the role and this was her first Best Actress Oscar win.

[00:09:42] Question 17. In what 2014 film did the actor win a best Actor Oscar for portraying Stephen Hawking? That film was The Theory of Everything. Actor Eddie [00:10:00] Redmayne had the role of Stephen Hawking and this was his first Best Actor Oscar win.

[00:10:08] Question 18. In what 2018 movie did the actress win a Best Actress Oscar for portraying Anne Queen of Great Britain? That movie was the Favourite. Actress Olivia Coleman played Anne Queen of Great Britain and this was her first Best Actress Oscar win.

[00:10:32] Question 19. In what 2018 film did the actor win a Best Actor Oscar for portraying Freddie Mercury? That film was Bohemian Rhapsody. Actor Rami Malik had the role of Freddie Mercury. This was his first Best Actor Oscar win.

[00:10:56] Question 20. In what [00:11:00] 2011 film did the actress win a Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher? That film was The Iron Lady. Actress Meryl Streep had the role of Margaret Thatcher. This was her second time to win a Best Actress Oscar.

[00:11:24] Well, over the years, some brilliant actors and actresses have played roles that have won them Best Acting Oscars. Some have made history in the process. Currently the actress that holds the record for the most Oscar wins is Katherine Hepburn. She was nominated for 12 awards and won four. The actor that has the record for the most Oscar wins is Daniel Day Lewis. He was nominated for six awards and won three.

[00:11:57] Other actors and actresses have set [00:12:00] records for things other than the amount of wins. Sidney Poitier  was the first black male to win a Best Actor Oscar. That was for his role in the film Lilies of the Field. Hattie McDaniel was the first African American to ever win an Oscar. Her award came from her performance in Gone With the Wind. Just this year, Steven Yeun is making history by being the first Asian American ever to have been nominated for a Best Actor Oscar. He’s nominated for his role in the film Minari. We’ll have to wait until Sunday to find out if he won.

[00:12:45] Well that’s it for this week’s episode. You can go to Trivia Rewind.com to find out more about the upcoming Oscar ceremony and you can find a transcript to this episode, plus more. You can [00:13:00] also find Trivia Rewind on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

[00:13:04] Thanks for taking the time to listen and I’ll be back next time for another episode of Trivia Rewind.

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Denzel Washington Movies

On this week’s episode of Trivia Rewind, the topic is Denzel Washington and ten of his movies. Denzel Hayes Washington Jr. was born on December 28, 1954 in Mount Vernon, New York. He was named after his father, Denzel Hayes Washington and his father was named after the doctor that delivered him, Dr. Denzel. 

Growing up, Denzel Washington has said that as a child, he was not allowed to watch movies. In a Hollywood Reporter article, he says “My father was a minister in the Church of God and Christ,” said Washington. “My mother was a singer in church, so we weren’t allowed to watch movies.” The actor was only allowed to watch certain Christian films. “King of Kings, Ten Commandments and that’s about it,” Washington added. “I never went to the movies as a child, ever.“

In a GQ article from 2012 Denzel says that his first job was as a paper boy around the age of 9 years old. When he was 11, he started working in a barbershop.  In the article he says, “Working in that barbershop, learning how to tell stories…I learned how to act.”   

There was another time in Denzel’s life that he will always remember and look back on. In a Parade Magazine article from 1999, Denzel Washington is quoted as saying “I’ve felt the hand of God on my life, no doubt about it. I remember sitting in my mother’s beauty parlor in Mount Vernon, N.Y., on March 27, 1975, and in the mirror I kept seeing this woman looking at me.” Washington was then 20, a student at Fordham University in the Bronx. “I was doing so bad in school, and this woman said, ‘Somebody give me a piece of stationery! I’m having a prophecy!’ I still have that piece of paper. ‘You’re going to speak to millions of people,’ she said to me. ‘You’re going to do great things!’ And I thought, ‘Yeah, right. When’s that going to start? On Monday? I’m flunking out of school. Later on, I asked my mother, ‘Who was that woman?’ She said, ‘It’s Ruth Green, one of the elder sisters in the church, who’s been known to have the gift of prophecy.’” He paused, then added, “That fall I started acting.”

Washington graduated from Fordham University in 1977 where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in drama and journalism. While in his junior year at Fordham, he played the leads in a few university productions. It was there that he developed a love for acting.  His first professional on-screen acting job was in 1977 when he starred in a TV movie called The Wilma Rudolph Story.  It was during the filming of this movie that he met his future wife, actress Pauletta Pearson. 

After graduating from Fordham University, he spent a year training at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, California.  After that, he moved to New York City and worked off-Broadway. In 1982, he was part of the cast to win a Distinguished Ensemble Performance Obie Award for his role in A Soldier’s Play. Then he headed back to California and had his breakout role as Dr. Phillip Chandler on the hit television series St. Elsewhere. That role lasted for 6 years.  His career only went up from there. 

In the Parade Magazine article, Denzel says “I’ve been fortunate as an actor,” he said. “I’ve made some interesting films, and I think some of the work I’ve done has touched people. Maybe it sounds corny, but I try to do things for goodness’ sake—to send a good message. I think we did that with Glory, with Philadelphia, and we do that with The Hurricane, a movie which says it sometimes takes suffering—unfortunately, even prison—for some people to realize that hate, hatred for yourself, for other people, will confine you, but love can set you free.”

In 1991, Denzel Washington was awarded an Honorary Doctorate degree from his alma mater, Fordham University. In 2007, he received an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Morehouse College. And In 2011 he received an Honorary Doctor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

In 2016, the Golden Globe Awards honored him with the Cecil B. DeMille Award, an honorary Golden Globe Award bestowed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment”

In November of 2020, Denzel Washington ranked number one on The New York Times’ prestigious “25 Greatest Actors of the 21st Century” list.  A touching moment can be seen in an Access Hollywood interview when Denzel is told what his son said about his father being named the number one actor on that New York Times list.  Denzel’s son said “”It’s about time….I think he is one of the greatest to ever do it, so it was a very proud moment for our entire family.”  When told this, Denzel teared up and said he was speechless. You can tell how important family is in the Washington household. 

What’s up next for Denzel? Recently, I was at the movie theater and saw a preview for his upcoming film called The Little Things where he stars alongside Oscar winners Rami Malek and Jared Leto. The movie will be released on January 29, 2021 in theaters and will temporarily stream on HBO Max.  And let me tell you, if you haven’t been to the movie theatre since the Covid-19 Pandemic hit, I can tell you that it was so great being back in a real theater seeing a movie. There’s nothing like movie theater surround sound. I look forward to  seeing Denzel’s new movie IN the theater. 

Now that I’ve given you a little background on this amazing actor, head on over to your favorite place to listen to podcasts where I’ll give you ten trivia questions about some of Denzel Washington’s movie roles?  After I give you the ten questions,  I’ll go back and review the questions and give you the answers plus some fun facts about each movie.  

On this episode, you’ll hear me mention a link to a few videos. Here’s the link where Oprah talks with Denzel and his wife Pauletta. I also mention a link where you can watch Denzel on Jimmy Kimmel where he talks about Pauletta and their first date.

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Trivia Rewind Episode 33 Denzel Washington

[00:00:00] Hey Trivia Rewind listeners. This is Debi Jenkins and I’m back with another new episode. This week, our topic is Denzel Washington. I’ll be talking about 10 of his movies. But first let’s talk a little bit about Denzel.  Denzel Hayes Washington Jr. was born on December 28th, 1954 in Mount Vernon, New York.

[00:00:36] He was named after his father, Denzel Hayes Washington and his father was named after the doctor that delivered him. Dr. Denzel.  Growing up, Denzel Washington has said that as a child, he was not allowed to watch movies. In a Hollywood Reporter article he says, “My father was a minister in the Church of God in Christ” said [00:01:00] Washington. “My mother was a singer in the church, so we weren’t allowed to watch movies.” The actor was only allowed to watch certain Christian films:  King of Kings,  Ten Commandments and that’s about it, Washington added. I never went to the movies as a child.”

[00:01:17] In a GQ article from 2012, Denzel says that his first job was as a paper boy around the age of nine years old. When he was 11, he started working in a barber shop. In the article he says, “Working in that barber shop, learning how to tell stories…I learned how to act.” There was another time in Denzel’s life that he will always remember and look back on.

[00:01:44] In a Parade Magazine article from 1999, Denzel Washington is quoted as saying,  “I’ve felt the hand of God on my life, no doubt about it. I remember sitting in my mother’s beauty parlor in Mount Vernon, New York on [00:02:00] March 27th, 1975 and in the mirror, I kept seeing this woman looking at me.” Washington was then 20, a student at Fordham University in the Bronx. “I was doing so bad in school  and this woman said, somebody give me a piece of stationary, I’m having a prophecy. I still have that piece of paper. You are going to speak to millions of people, she said to me, you are going to do great things. And I thought, yeah, right. When’s that going to start, on Monday? I’m flunking out of school. Later on, I asked my mother, who was that woman? She said it’s Ruth Green, one of the elder sisters in the church who’s been known to have the gift of prophecy.” He paused then added, “That fall. I started acting.”

[00:02:49] Denzel Washington graduated from Fordham University in 1977, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in drama and journalism. [00:03:00] While in his junior year at Fordham, he played the leads in a few university productions. It was there that he developed a love for acting. His first professional on-screen acting job was in 1977 when he starred in a TV movie called The Wilma Rudolph Story. It was during the filming of this movie that he met his future wife, actress Pauletta Pearson.

[00:03:26] After graduating from Fordham University, he spent a year training at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, California. After that he moved to New York City and worked off-Broadway.  In 1982 he was part of the cast to win a Distinguished Ensemble Performance Obie Award for his role in A Soldier’s Play. Well, then he headed back to California and had his breakout role as Dr. Phillip Chandler on the hit television series St.  [00:04:00] Elsewhere. That role lasted for six years. His career only went up from there.

[00:04:08] In the Parade Magazine article, Denzel says, “I’ve been fortunate as an actor.” He said “I’ve made some interesting films and I think some of the work I’ve done has touched people. Maybe it sounds corny, but I try to do things for goodness’ sake, to send a good message.  I think we did that with Glory, with Philadelphia and we do that with The Hurricane, a movie, which says it sometimes take suffering, unfortunately, even prison for some people to realize that hate, hatred for yourself, for other people will confine you, but love can set you free.”

[00:04:46] In 1991, Denzel Washington was awarded an honorary doctorate from his alma mater Fordham University.  In 2007, he received an honorary doctorate of humanities from Morehouse [00:05:00] College. And in 2011, he received an honorary doctor of arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2016, the Golden Globe Awards honored him with the Cecil B DeMille Award, an honorary Golden Globe Award bestowed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.

[00:05:25] This past November of 2020 Denzel Washington ranked number one on the New York Times, prestigious “25 Greatest Actors of the 21st Century” list. A touching moment can be seen in an Access Hollywood interview when Denzel is told what his son said about his father being named the number one actor on that list. Denzel’s son said, “It’s about time. I think he is one of the greatest to ever do it. So it was a very proud moment for our entire family.” When told this, [00:06:00] Denzel teared up and said he was speechless. You can tell how important family is in the Washington household.

[00:06:07] So what’s up next for Denzel? Well, just a few nights ago, I was at the movie theater and saw a preview for his upcoming film called, The Little Things, where he stars alongside Oscar winners, Rami Malek and Jared Leto.  The movie will be released on January 29th in theaters and will temporarily stream on HBO Max as well. And let me tell you, if you haven’t been to the movie theater since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, I can tell you that it was so great being back in a real theater seeing a movie. There’s nothing like movie theater surround sound.  I look forward to seeing Denzel’s new movie in the theater.

[00:06:50] Now that I’ve given you a little background on this amazing actor are you ready to get into the 10 trivia questions about some of his movie roles? [00:07:00] After I give you the 10 questions, I’ll go back and review the questions and give you the answers plus some fun facts about each movie. So are you ready?

[00:07:10] Here’s question one. In what 1995 film does Denzel Washington star alongside Gene Hackman as Lieutenant Commander Ron Hunter, Executive Officer of the USS Alabama?

[00:07:28] Question two. In the 1993 film The Pelican Brief, Denzel Washington’s character Gray Grantham does what for a living?

[00:07:42] Question three. In the 2014 film The Equalizer, what condition does Denzel Washington’s character suffer from?

[00:07:54] Question four. In the 2010 post-apocalyptic [00:08:00] western film, The Book of Eli, Denzel Washington’s character is in possession of what book?

[00:08:08] Question five. In the 2001 crime thriller Training Day, who kills Denzel Washington’s character Detective Sergeant Alonzo Harris?

[00:08:21] Question six. In what 2000 film does Denzel Washington play a high school football coach at a newly integrated high school?

[00:08:34] Question seven. In what 1987 film does Denzel Washington’s character play black activist Steve Biko?

[00:08:46] Question eight. In the 2016 film Fences, Denzel Washington’s character Troy Maxson is promoted in his job and gets to do what? In doing this job he becomes the [00:09:00] first African-American to do this in Pittsburgh.

[00:09:04] Question nine. In the 1989 film Glory starring Matthew Broderick and Denzel Washington, what reason does Denzel Washington’s character Private Trip give for going AWOL?

[00:09:21] And question 10. In what 1999 film does Denzel Washington play a former middleweight boxer who was wrongly convicted for a triple murder?

[00:09:35] Those were our 10 questions. Let’s go back, get the answers and fun facts.

[00:09:41] Question one. In what 1995 film does Denzel Washington star alongside Gene Hackman as Lieutenant Commander Ron Hunter, Executive Officer of the USS Alabama?  That movie was Crimson Tide. This film reunites the [00:10:00] production team from Top Gun. It was produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer and it was directed by Tony Scott. This film was produced without the assistance of the U.S. Navy. The production team was hoping for their involvement, but there were a few reasons the Navy didn’t want to be a part of it. One was that the Navy didn’t like that in the story, there was mutiny on the ship. They also didn’t want it suggested that the Navy could ever make a mistake about firing a nuclear weapon.

[00:10:31] So director Tony Scott had to get creative when shooting one particular scene for the movie. In order to get one of the shots he wanted for the film, Tony Scott and his crew waited at Pearl Harbor for a submarine to go out to sea. When one left port, they basically chased it with boats and helicopters to get the footage they needed for the film. Since they were in open water, there was no law against what they were doing. This shot was the only shot in the movie that [00:11:00] featured a real submarine. This scene is at the beginning of the film when you see the USS Alabama submerging.

[00:11:08] While the Navy wouldn’t help, Retired Navy Captain Skip Beard, former Commanding Officer of the Alabama Blue Crew was a technical advisor. In a Deseret News article from 1995 it says “Beard spent five months teaching Hackman, Washington, and the rest of the actors to salute, operate technical controls, and generally look like submariners.” He did admit that his Navy buddies would probably spot errors because if you were to make a real movie about submarining, people would walk out of the theater. A lot of liberties were taken with Navy regulations and realities. Another technical advisor was Captain Mal Wright, Retired Former Commanding Officer of the Alabama Gold Crew  and he worked with the screenwriter.

[00:11:58] The article also pointed out [00:12:00] that Tony Scott, the director of the film was surprised at the Navy’s lack of cooperation. His movie Top Gun was such a hit with the Navy that he thought he had his foot in the door, but I guess not. The ship in the movie, the USS Alabama was created on two Hollywood sound stages at Culver studios in Los Angeles.

[00:12:21] In a Morning Call article, Denzel Washington said that after doing the movie, he had a new found respect for America’s military. They quote him as saying, “One thing I learned from this film is that this is not a country to be messin’ with. We have the hardware. That’s why nobody, with the exception of terrorists, does.”

[00:12:42] Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer composed the score for the film. In 1996 it won a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for Television. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards.

[00:13:00] [00:13:00] Question two. In the 1993 film The Pelican Brief, Denzel  Washington’s character Gray Grantham does what for a living? He is a reporter with the Washington Herald. The film was based on a 1992 novel by author John Grisham. Denzel Washington plays reporter Gray Grantham and Julia Roberts plays young law student Darby Shaw. Supposedly when John Grisham was writing the novel, he wrote the part of Darby Shaw with Julia Roberts in mind.

[00:13:36] They filmed some of this at George Washington’s Mount Vernon home, on the east lawn; they used it as a backdrop for one of the film scenes. According to Mountvernon.org, the producers made a sizable contribution to Mount Vernon for the privilege of filming on the estate.

[00:13:53] There have been some questions about why Denzel Washington didn’t kiss Julia Roberts in the movie. [00:14:00] This is addressed in a cheatsheet.com article. The issue was the interracial kiss. The article says, “Apparently Washington was worried about the way an interracial kiss would be received by movie goers. He had previously received criticism from black women during a test screening of 1989’s The Mighty Quinn – which included a love scene between him and Mimi Rogers  – and decided not to play into Hollywood’s beauty ideals, per Newsweek. Black women are not often seen as objects of desire on film” he said.  “They have always been my core audience.” Being that that quote was from so many years ago, I wonder how Denzel Washington would feel about it today? If he would say the same thing?

[00:14:46] Question three. In the 2014 film The Equalizer, what condition does Denzel Washington’s character suffer from?  His character Robert McCall suffers [00:15:00] from OCD, also known as obsessive compulsive disorder. This film was based on the 1980s television series The Equalizer. At one point, Russell Crowe was going to be part of the film and have the role of Robert McCall, but Denzel Washington ended up replacing him. According to Internet Movie Database, Denzel Washington’s earring holes were digitally edited out for close-ups. However, near the end of the movie, you can see the earring hole in his left ear lobe. If you watch the film, see if you can find that. Did you know that in The Equalizer, Denzel Washington’s character Robert McCall never carries a gun of his ow?. He may take guns from people in the movie, but he never carries his own.  In 2018, a sequel to The Equalizer came out. Equalizer 2 was the first sequel in Denzel Washington’s career.

[00:16:00] [00:16:00] Question four. In the 2010 post-apocalyptic western film The Book of Eli, Denzel Washington’s character is in possession of what book? He is carrying the last remaining copy of the Bible. The Book of Eli, directed by the Hughes brothers, is set in a post-apocalyptic America and was shot in New Mexico. In a collider.com  article Denzel Washington is asked about what it was like filming in New Mexico. And he is quoted as saying, “Well, I definitely know what a tumbleweed is now and I know what a windstorm is. But it was the right place I think for this film and the people there have been very nice to us.”  Denzel Washington performed all of his own stunts in this action packed film.

[00:16:51] We can thank his son for encouraging him to be in this movie. In a PalmBeachpost.com article it mentions that his son [00:17:00] John David Washington pushed for his dad to be in this movie. The film was written by screenwriter Gary Whitta. In a CBR.com article they discussed the religious undertones of the film.  The article says, “Unfortunately for Whitta, the studio continuously asked him to tone down the religious aspects of his script, to the point that he no longer felt comfortable with the film he was making and was ultimately replaced with a different writer. Thankfully, Denzel Washington, who was attracted to the project for those very elements, came to Whitta’s rescue and demanded that he be brought back aboard, allowing him to see the script through to the very final stage.”

[00:17:44] The article quotes Whitta as saying, “A lot of people, particularly people of faith contacted me and I got so many touching messages. Some people said I haven’t picked up my Bible in 10 years and this movie made me want to do that. Not to [00:18:00] sound grandiose, but I felt like if I never wrote anything else, I will have left behind something that people really really like and that means the world to me.”

[00:18:10] Denzel’s son, John David Washington was an Associate Producer for The Book of Eli and how he got the job is a pretty interesting story. An Esquire article says, “In between seasons, Washington accompanied his father to a meeting for the 2010 film The Book of Eli. Co-director Alan Hughes was struck by the young football player’s input and asked his father if he would mind if Washington joined the project. Denzel said he didn’t mind and Washington gave it a shot. It was a chance to get back onto a movie set and to remain safely behind the camera. While being the child of a star has its drawbacks an undeniable advantage is access. Getting onto that set was a first step into the business that most people could only dream of. But once he was there, he had to prove his worth.”

[00:19:00] [00:19:00] In addition to John David, Denzel Washington and his wife Pauletta have three other children. At the NAACP image awards, Denzel Washington won an Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture award for his role in The Book of Eli.

[00:19:17] Question five. In the 2001 crime thriller Training Day, who kills Denzel Washington’s character, Detective Sergeant Alonzo Harris?  Well, the Russians kill him. The director of Training Day was Antoine Fuqua. He insisted on shooting the movie on location as much as possible and in some of Los Angeles’s most dangerous neighborhoods. A Kingroom.com article says,” At first, the filmmakers were told they could not shoot in Imperial Court for safety reasons but the response from the community was so great, permission was granted. The people living there really wanted this, notes Joel Silver. [00:20:00] They told us, we need the attention and we need the work. We hired a lot of them and it was a great experience. Here we were in a place where you would normally be scared just to drive down the street and we were sitting around drinking coffee and feeling totally comfortable.

[00:20:15] The article went on to say Fuqua also cast  bit parts and extras right out of the neighborhoods where they were shooting. They quote, Fuqua as saying, “I met with gangs and cops and even went into crack houses and said, I want to shoot here. I wanted people who had real scars, real bullet holes who deal with the cops every day.”

[00:20:37] Denzel Washington won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in this film. At the NAACP Image Awards, he won for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture.

[00:20:48] Question six. In what 2000 film does Denzel Washington play a high school football coach at a newly integrated high school? That movie was [00:21:00] Remember the Titans. Remember the Titans is loosely based on a true story and is often ranked as one of the top football movies of all time. Supposedly Denzel Washington was a little hesitant to take the role, but thanks to his wife Pauletta he ended up taking it. A Washington post article also quotes director Boaz Yakin as saying, “Denzel walked onto that set and I was like, Oh, right. That’s what a movie star is. You literally feel the air bending around him. It’s really quite something to see.”

[00:21:33] There were a lot of people that thought that because Disney produced the movie, the racial relations aspect was way too toned down and not as true to life as it should be depicted.  A New York Magazine article said “The story is based on real incidents but the uplifting tone is laid on so thick that it’s difficult to believe a minute of it.” At the 2001 NAACP Image Awards Denzel Washington took home the [00:22:00] award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture and the film won the award for Outstanding Motion Picture.

[00:22:07] Question seven. In what 1987 film does Denzel Washington play black activist Steve Biko? Well, that movie is Cry Freedom. Cry Freedom was set in late 1970s South Africa. When Cry Freedom was being filmed, there was so much political turmoil in South Africa that they had to film parts of it in Zimbabwe instead. Kenya was another location they used to shoot the film. Some people called Cry Freedom a “white savior” movie. A Salon.com article from 2013 titled, “Oscar Loves a White Savior” lists 10 white savior films that have received major Hollywood award nominations and Cry Freedom was on the list.

[00:22:54] The article quotes movie critic Roger Ebert as saying, “The problem with this movie is similar [00:23:00] to the dilemma in South Africa: whites occupy the foreground and establish the terms of the discussion, while the 80% non-white majority remains a shadowy, half-seen presence in the background.”

[00:23:13] Denzel Washington earned his first ever Oscar nomination for this movie. He was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in the film. This movie earned him his first Golden Globe nomination as well. He won an NAACP Image Award in the category of  Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture. The National Board of Review listed Cry Freedom as one of the top 10 films of 1987.  It came in sixth out of 10 in their rankings. While speaking of South Africa, in 1995 Denzel and his wife Pauletta renewed their wedding vows in South Africa where Archbishop Desmond Tutu officiated. They once even had the late president of South [00:24:00] Africa, Nelson Mandela over to their house for dinner.

[00:24:03] Watch a clip of Oprah talking with Denzel and Pauletta. They talk about their trip to Africa and their wedding vow renewal. I’ll post the link on triviarewind.com. In the clip, Oprah jokes that she’d one day like to play Denzel’s wife in a movie. I will also post a clip of Denzel talking with Jimmy Kimmel about his and Pauletta’s very first date.

[00:24:28] Question eight.  In the 2016 film Fences, Denzel Washington’s character Troy Maxson is promoted in his job and gets to do what? In doing this job he becomes the first African-American to do this in Pittsburgh. He was the first to drive a garbage truck. Not only did Denzel Washington star in this film, he produced it and directed it.

[00:24:52] The movie is based on August Wilson’s book titled Fences. In a 2010 Broadway revival of this [00:25:00] play, Denzel Washington had the lead role in starred alongside Viola Davis. They both won Tony Awards for their work in the play. How fitting that both Denzel Washington and Viola Davis reprised their roles for this film. 

[00:25:14] In 1987, Paramount Pictures purchased the rights to turn Wilson’s book into a film. Wilson had one request, that Paramount hire a black director. In an Indywire.com article, Wilson talks about one point when a white director really wanted to direct the film. But he wasn’t black. The article quotes Wilson as saying, “I accept that he is a very fine film director, but he is not black. He is not a product of black America culture – a culture that was honed out of the black experience and fired in the kiln of slavery and survival and he does not share the sensibilities of black Americans.”  The film was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar as [00:26:00] well as Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Screenplay. Viola Davis was the only one to go home with an Oscar. The film and actors were nominated for numerous other awards as well.

[00:26:16] Question nine. In the 1989 film Glory starring Matthew Broderick and Denzel Washington, what reason does Denzel Washington’s character Private Trip give for going AWOL? Well, Trip left to find shoes because his men were being denied basic supplies like that. In the film Washington’s character is flogged for going AWOL. When his shirt is off and he’s being flogged, you can see that his back is covered in scars from his time as a slave.

[00:26:50] This scene inspired another actor, Michael B. Jordan for his Black Panther role. In an Entertainment Weekly article it mentions that Michael B. [00:27:00] Jordan was speaking at the 47th AFI Life Achievement Gala in honor of Denzel Washington and is quoted as saying, “I remember hearing stories about you and I heard stories that when you were huddled around the campfire in that film, you weren’t supposed to be shirtless, but you still had the scars put on your back so you could feel it, so you can know what your character’s been through” said Jordan. “I tell you right now tonight, brother, that’s the only reason why Killmonger, when I played that role, I had those scars, even when I wasn’t shirtless because of you. So I want to say thank you for that.”

[00:27:39] It’s been reported that Denzel did receive some real lashings to his back in the movie. Internet movie database says “Edward Zwick, the director of the film said that for the flogging scene, Denzel Washington was lashed at full contact with a special whip that would not cut his back, but still stung.” Denzel [00:28:00] Washington won a Best Actor in a Supporting Role Oscar for his role in this movie. He also won a Golden Globe for his role, as well as an NAACP Image Award.

[00:28:11] And question 10. In what 1999, filmed does Denzel Washington play a former middleweight boxer who was wrongly convicted for a triple murder? The name of this film was The Hurricane and Denzel plays the character, Reuben “The Hurricane” Carter. The film was based on a true story. In order to play the role Denzel lost 60 pounds and trained for over a year with a boxing coach. When Variety interviewed the real life Ruben “The Hurricane” Carter and they asked him what he thought about Denzel Washington portraying him they quote him as saying, “I didn’t know I was that good looking.”

[00:28:52] After the movie was released, many criticized it for its inaccuracies. Universal Pictures was one of the companies that was [00:29:00] sued over this. Joey Giardello, the real life opponent of Reuben “The Hurricane” Carter sued them for defamation of character because of the way that he was portrayed in the film. Denzel Washington was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor, and he won a Golden Globe award in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture Drama category and an NAACP award.

[00:29:24] Denzel Washington has such an amazing career and continues to inspire people on and off the screen. Not only is he an award-winning actor, he’s a man of faith. In a 2015 commencement speech at Dillard University in Louisiana, he told the audience,  “Put God first. Put God first in everything you do. Everything that you think you see in me, everything that I’ve accomplished, everything that you think I have, and I have a few things, everything that I have is by the grace of God. Understand that. [00:30:00] It’s a gift.”

[00:30:01] Denzel Washington also has close ties with the Boys and Girls Club of America where at one time he was the spokesman for the organization, a group that he grew up with while living in Mount Vernon.

[00:30:14] The entertainment business has become a family affair so keep your eyes open for what his four children are up to. They are making names for themselves in the industry as well. You can tell how proud their dad is when you watch him in interviews and the topic of his kids come up. They have a great role model to look up to.

[00:30:34] While I’ve only talked about 10 of Denzel’s movies in this episode, he has many more that have touched people worldwide. Movies like Malcolm X, Philadelphia, and American Gangster to name a few. He’s had quite the career. Do you have a favorite Denzel Washington movie? Come share about it on our Instagram page. You can also find Trivia Rewind on Twitter and Facebook.

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