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

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3. Joe Miller, Philadelphia

Alongside Tom Hanks, Denzel held his own in the 1993 film about a successful corporate attorney fired from his firm after partners suspected he had AIDS. In one of the first widely-released movies tackling the stigmatized disease and stereotypes surrounding the homosexual community, Denzel played a homophobic lawyer battling his own biases to represent Hanks’ character in a discrimination suit.