This is Denzel’s sixth career Academy Award nomination, making him the most honored black actor in history. He’s won twice before: supporting actor for 1989’s Glory and best actor for his villainous role in 2001’s Training Day.
This recognition caps perhaps a career-best year for the A-list superstar, following the box office success of February’s action thriller Safe House and now his return to Hollywood’s most prestigious night.
Still, he remains an underdog in a race that pits him against frontrunner and two-time best actor winner Daniel Day-Lewis, whose performance as the 16th president in Lincoln has largely swept all the major critics awards so far.
If you missed Flight in theaters you can catch his performance when it arrives on DVD and blu-ray on February 5th.