This feature originally ran in September 2014. We’re reposting it in anticipation of Fences.
Top Performances is a recurring feature in which we definitively handpick the very best performances from an iconic actor or actress.
Six-time Academy Award nominee and two-time winner. Can play it over-the-top, but knows when he needs to play it cool, to play down. One of the more gracious actors you’ll ever see on the big screen. I’m talking, of course, about Denzel Washington, and through careful consideration, Leah Pickett and I have gone through his filmography to select his 10 finest performances. Keep in mind these rankings are based on Washington’s performances, not the movies in which he performed. Did we forget anything? Did we place a performance too high? Maybe we ranked one that you feel didn’t qualify? Let us know before you hit the theaters for Fences this weekend.