"Courage Under Fire" (1996) — Directed By: Edward Zwick —
As Nat Serling, Denzel played a U.S. Army officer despondent about a deadly mistake he made. With his own combat-reality experience beating at the forefront of his frontal lobe, Serling is called in to investigate a female chopper commander's worthiness for the Medal of Honor. The Edward Zwick-directed film also featured Matt Damon, Michael Moriarty, Regina Taylor and Lou Diamond Phillips, yet Washington was in a class by himself in this picture.
Nobody wastes his or her time on screen, as Washington showcases how brilliant of an actor he really is in "Courage Under Fire." Just how good was the Mount Vernon, New Yorker in this picture (where everyone had a wartime picture about the Gulf/Iraq War): Denzel was courting another Oscar nod; was nominated for Best Actor at the Chicago Film Critic Association awards, and won an Image Award for Best Actor as well.
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