Denzel Washington recalled the showbiz insiders who helped launch him to success–and a career of more than 30 years onscreen–as he accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award Sunday at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards.
“I want to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press for supporting me over the years, and they’ve always made me feel like a friend or part of the party,” he began. “I want to thank WME, Patrick Whitesell, Andrew Ari ‑‑ yes, my wife prompted me ‑‑ Ari Emanuel. But I also want to thank Ruth Aaronson, who was my first agent, and Peter Kelly, who was my first agent, and the late ‑‑ well, they’re all late, but the late Ed Limato.”
Joined by his family, wife Paulette, son John David who stars on HBO’s “Ballers,” daughters Olivia and Katia, he paid tribute to those who weren’t there–his parents. “I want to thank my mother for convincing my father that we needed more than 25‑watt bulbs. He thought that we could save money,” he said.
His son Malcom, a University of Pennsylvania film studies graduate, was away working on thesis at AFI, he and Paulette noted. “He will give you a job one day after me,” he said.