Denzel Washington
Credit: Denzel Washington: Uppa/ZUMA Press

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.