Denzel Washington was also nominated for his leading role in Fences
, making this his seventh Oscar nod. In 1990, the 62-year-old actor won in the Best Supporting Actor category for Glory
, and in 2002, he picked up a Best Actor statuette for his performance in Training Day.
"Thank you to the Academy for this wonderful recognition and for honoring August Wilson’s brilliant words," Washington said in a statement, praising the late writer for his play-turned-movie
. "I am just lucky to have been entrusted with this project and to have the chance to work with the amazing Viola Davis and the rest of my talented cast and crew."