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Denzel Washington praises wife Paulette for being his biggest lifetime achievement


ABC/Heidi GutmanOn Thursday night, Oscar winner Denzel Washington was honored for his contribution to the arts at the 47th American Film Institute Life Achievement Award gala tribute in Hollywood.

Prior to the event, which celebrated Washington’s career, life and legacy, Entertainment Tonight asked Washington– who was accompanied by his wife Pauletta Washington— what he considers to be his biggest lifetime achievement.

Washington then turned to his wife of 35 years, as if to ask her to answer for him.  She smiled and replied, “His four children.”

“[Actually] I was pointing to her!” Denzel corrected, nodding at Paulette. “That’s my biggest lifetime achievement!”

Denzel also opened up about being honored by the AFI and getting support from stars like, Spike LeeChadwick BosemanJennifer HudsonMahershala AliMichael B. JordanCicely Tyson and Julia Roberts who came out to help celebrate his career and legacy.

“I’m humbled, I’m grateful, I’m thankful… I’ve never done this before so I can’t really tell you how I feel,” he admitted. “It doesn’t feel like other times I’m on the red carpet. I’m usually promoting a film or at an award show. [Here] I’ve already won, I guess, so it’s different. It’s relaxed.”

According to Entertainment Weekly, the night was filled with plenty of standout moments including Boseman, who called Washington the G.O.A.T. .

“There is no Black Panther without Denzel Washington,” he said. “Not just because of me, but my whole cast, that generation stands on your shoulders.”

American Film Institute’s 47th Life Achievement Award Gala airs June 20 at 10 p.m. ET on TNT.

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