The jubilation in Denzel Washington's voice Thursday was unmistakable.
"Can you tell? I'm just happy all the way around," said Washington just hours after learning that two of his projects had scored key Golden Globe nominations. The two-time Oscar winner was nominated for best actor in a drama for "American Gangster," in which he plays real-life Harlem drug dealer and killer Frank Lucas, while "The Great Debaters," which Washington directed, was nominated for best film drama.
Said Washington, "It feels like the first time I was recognized for 'Cry Freedom.' It is a cliche, but it's true in this case -- just to be recognized is great."
Still, he's a bit torn by his two nominations. "This is a weird one -- I'm competing against myself. It's a real hard one to answer which one means more to me. Right now, it's 'The Great Debaters' because I'm right in the middle of it, promoting it."