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Mahershala Ali pays tribute to Denzel Washington at the 47th tribute to the AFI Life Achievement Award Gala on June 6, 2019 at the Dolby Theater. The AFI LIFE LOGR AWARD: A TRIBUTE TO DENZEL WASHINGTON was aired on Thursday, June 20, 2019 on TNT. The sister network Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will also broadcast the special in October 2019, during a night of programming dedicated to Washington's work.
Issa Rae, Chadwick Boseman, Jodie Foster, Antoine Fuqua, Jamie Foxx, Morgan Freeman, Michael B. Jordan, Julia Roberts and Cicely Tyson also paid tribute to Washington's life and work.
Additional guests included Ed Begley, Jr., W. Kamau Bell, Joy Bryant, Joel Coen, Richard Donner, Ava DuVernay, Cary Elwes, Carl Franklin, Antoine Fuqua, David Alan Grier, Keegan-Michael Key, Martin Lawrence, Frances McDormand Stephen McKinley Henderson, Paula Patton, Jay Pharoah, Chris Tucker and Edward Zwick.