Denzel Washington: Uppa/ZUMA Press
October 10, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT

Denzel Washington made EW’s Power List

AGE 47

WHY HIM His Best Actor Oscar for ”Training Day” proved he could play antiheroes and sealed his place among Hollywood’s elite $20 mil-per-pic club; he’ll cash his first post-raise paycheck for the Carl Franklin thriller ”Out of Time,” due next year. Though critically challenged, the HMO drama ”John Q.” (which grossed a respectable $71 million) was his third straight $20 million-plus bow and his seventh movie to open at No. 1. Directorial debut ”Antwone Fisher,” a biopic about a troubled naval petty officer in which he also stars, moved audiences to tears and ovations in Toronto, generating Oscar buzz.

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