Denzel Washington tests positive for COVID and misses Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony

Actor Denzel Washington named by the President Joe Biden Last week, as one of 17 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom this year, he tested positive for COVID-19 and was unable to attend the ceremony in the East Room on Thursday, the White House press office confirmed.

Biden addressed Washington’s absence in his opening speech at the White House event. according to ET Online. While presenting medals to 16 other recipients or their families, he promised that Washington would receive his medal later.

“There is a person who couldn’t be here today but wanted to be: Denzel Washington, one of our greatest actors in American history,” Biden said. “He couldn’t be here with us today, but I will give him this award later when he can get here.”

From Broadway to Hollywood, Washington is one of the most celebrated and decorated actors of his generation. The 67-year-old is halfway to EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) stardom with two Oscars and a Tony Award under his belt. by time.

Gymnast Simone Biles was one of 17 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom this year.
Gymnast Simone Biles was one of 17 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom this year.

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented Washington with an Oscar for supporting role for Fame in 1990 and a statuette for starring role for Training Day in 2002. Wilson “Fences”.

While Washington has no shortage of critical success, Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian award in the United States. Among his peers this year were Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, soccer player Megan Rapinoe and the late senator. John McCain.

“That’s who we Americans are,” Biden said at the ceremony. “And that’s what we’re seeing, an extraordinary, extraordinary group of Americans here on this stage, whom I have the honor to honor today with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, our nation’s highest civilian honor.”

Whether Washington will one day be the winner of EGOT remains to be seen. After all, the president’s promise to be awarded a medal is perhaps cooler.