In addition to his current Golden Globe nomination and the latest Oscar buzz, Denzel Washington earned yet another distinction last year. Quigley Publishing Company’s 81st Annual Poll of Motion Picture Exhibitors named the two-time Academy Award winner its Top Money-Making Star of 2012.
The Quigley Poll, which appears annually in the publishing company’s International Motion Picture Almanac, cited Washington was responsible for increased attendance at movie theaters last year. The actor garnered a bigger audience than any other film star, thanks to his performances in the films Flight and Safe House.
Washington has appeared on the Quigley Poll, which started in 1932, eight times, but this marks the actor’s first win. In 81 years, Washington is the fourth Black American actor to win the Poll. He joins Will Smith, who won in 2005, Eddie Murphy, who topped the list in 1987, and Sidney Poitier, who pioneered the distinction in 1968.
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