Samuel L. Jackson is one of the most known actors in the business, in his performances he has given life and voice to iconic characters everywhere, from helping John McClain save New York from Terrorist in Die Hard 3: With a Vengeance, to finding enlightenment after a botched shootout in Los Angeles in Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, and even being part of the Jedi council in a galaxy far, far away.
Samuel L. Jackson has been in more than 100 films, however, due to the nature of his films, the Academy has not nominated him for any award, although, he has performed Oscar-worthy character since he was helping Spike Lee in Jungle fever.
The Oscars had a separate ceremony where he was given the Honorary Oscar at the 2022 Governors Awards to commemorate and recognize his film career.
Previously he addressed the matter saying that it was probably a race issue, because ” …I guess Black folk usually win for doing despicable sh*t on screen. Like Denzel [Washington] for being a horrible cop in Training Day.”
He also mentioned that having an Oscar does not add an extra comma to the paycheck, actors get paid more by getting people to watch his film, and he does that extremely well.
The award was well deserved and long-overdue due to his career as an actor
The award was presented by his long-time friend and colleague Denzel Washington who mentioned that “Sam and I go back in the theater, the Goodman Theater,” he shared. “We worked together even before that, at the Negro Ensemble Company. We did a pretty good play called The Soldier’s Play that became a great movie, A Soldier’s Story. Wasn’t as good as it would’ve been had Sam been in it, but that’s for another day.”
Along with his film career, Washington also remarked and recognized his philanthropy work
In his acceptance speech Samuel L. Jackson mentioned that “Who knows, that little kid from Chattanooga, Tennessee, watching movies, wishing he could be here to get the votes of people who run an organization like this that says, ‘Hey, I deserve something like this,’ thank you, so much.”