A Series Of Snubs: Denzel Washington’s Roles That Should’ve Gotten Oscar Wins

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4. Pfc. Melvin Peterson, A Soldier’s Story

Against the backdrop of a U.S. Army base during World War II, A Soldier’s Story, told mostly through flashbacks, follows the investigation into the murder of an irascible sergeant. Denzel is easily one the tale’s standout characters, playing a private first class willing to challenge the sergeant’s racial politics.

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