American Cinematheque's annual gala Dec. 5

HOLLYWOOD — American Cinematheque will fete Denzel Washington at the org’s 17th annual benefit gala.

The American Cinematheque Award will be presented Dec. 5 at the BevHilton. Event co-chairs Peter Dekom and Mike Medavoy announced Monday that Washington was the unanimous choice of the Cinematheque board of directors selection committee. Past honoreesinclude Martin Scorsese, Sean Connery, Jodie Foster and Nicolas Cage.

Washington first gained recognition in NBC’s “St. Elsewhere,” followed by roles in such films as “Glory,” “Remember the Titans” and “Malcolm X.” He has been nominated for five Oscars and has won two: supporting actor for “Glory” and actor last year for his turn as a corrupt narcotics cop in “Training Day.”

Washington will next be seen in the noir drama “Out of Time.” His directorial debut, “Antwone Fisher,” world preemed last week at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival.

The black-tie tribute funds Cinematheque’s programs and the operation of the Egyptian Theater.

Tickets start at $500; call Carrine Mann at (323) 653-3343 for information.

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