“Why Halle have to let a white man pop her to get an Oscar?/Why Denzel have to be crooked before he took it?” Those catchy questions were once posed by Jadakiss in reference to the seedy roles both Halle Berry and Denzel Washington took to score Academy Awards. As many people grow increasingly baffled with voter’s decision not to honor any of the actors in the Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic Selma, the “Why” record still holds as much weight as it first did with its release.
There’s Oscar snubs. And then there’s Oscar snubs because, well…you’ll see in the gallery below.
Denzel Washington in Philadelphia (1993)
Tom Hanks did the damn thing but it was Washington’s resolute portrayal as his lawyer that really embodied the film’s theme.