Denzel Washington Career Highlights Gallery 2010 Malcolm X
MALCOLM X (1992) Spike had long dreamed of making a movie about Malcolm X and fought the studios and the moneymen to make the film the way he saw fit. Lee reportedly never thought of anyone else to play the Black Nationalist leader other than Denzel. The actor had actually played Malcolm X once before years earlier in the off-Broadway play, "When the Chickens Came Home to Roost." Washington was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for his riveting performance but ultimately lost to Al Pacino for "Scent of a Woman."