Watch Denzel Washington Presents Samuel L. Jackson With An Honorary Oscar

Denzel Washington Presents Samuel L. Jackson With An Honorary Oscar

Though all eyes are on Will Smith and Denzel Washington for this year’s Academy Awards, another Black living legend received an honorary Oscar in a moment that singlehandedly radiated Black boy joy. Washington presented his esteemed colleague and friend, Samuel L. Jackson, with his first Academy Award of Merit at the 12th annual Governors Awards on Friday night (March 25).

As opposed to a formal and structured toast, Washington reportedly opted to roast the Pulp Fiction actor before he accepted the award. “Let me tell you something: We go back so far,” he said.

Denzel Washington Presents Samuel L. Jackson
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According to USA Today and a New York Times reporter’s live tweets (see below), the Training Day star listed Jackson’s career achievements prior to mentioning his list of philanthropic endeavors. “That’s what he’s been doing. I don’t know what y’all been doing.”

As Jackson accepted his monumental honor, he shared, “When I got this call last year, it was unexpected, but I guarantee you, this thing is gonna be cherished.” He later added, “It’s been a real pleasure making indelible impressions on audiences” and revealed that his favorite, signature curse word was the tool that helped him stop stuttering as a child.

Jackson closed out his speech by thanking the Academy before warmly embracing Washington. The 73-year-old actor, who currently stars in The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey on Apple TV+, is considered to be the highest-grossing actor of all time, with a collective gross of over $27 billion globall

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