Turning Point: When Actors Became Superstars

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  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Rosie Perez
  • Denzel Washington
  • Octavia Spencer
  • Queen Latifah
  • Samuel L. Jackson
  • Jada Pinkett Smith
  • Will Smith
  • Eddie Murphy
  • Nia Long
  • Michael B. Jordan
  • Halle Berry
  • Kevin Hart
  • Sanaa Lathan
  • Jaden Smith
  • Jennifer Hudson

Denzel Washington, Glory (1989)

As the former slave turned soldier, a little-known Denzel Washington stole this movie right out from under the top-billed cast and got himself an Oscar in 1990. The unforgettable scene in which he's whipped after going AWOL but refuses to break his resolve cemented his place as one of the best actors of all time. 

(Photo: TriStar Pictures)

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