Denzel Washington said his Oscar nomination was a "thrill" as he premiered his new film 'Flight'.

The 58-year-old - who has won twice for his roles in 2001's 'Training Day' and 1989's 'Glory' - is up for best actor in this year's ceremony alongside Daniel Day-Lewis, Bradley Cooper, Hugh Jackman and Joaquin Phoenix, for his performance as substance-addicted pilot Whip Whitaker in the Robert Zemeckis drama.

"It feels good to be recognised and to be honoured is a thrill. It is very difficult to get into those five slots," he said outside London's Empire Cinema.

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Kelly Reilly and Denzel Washington

But Denzel, who has been nominated for an Academy Award six times altogether, said he has not considered the prospect of a hat-trick.

"I've been down this road six times before," he added.

Actress Kelly Reilly, his British co-star, said he is "deserving" of his nomination.

Braving the freezing temperatures in a red strapless Antonio Berardi gown, she said: "It's phenomenal to work with someone like Denzel. It's a bit of an honour to work with someone of that calibre."

"He's like an acting animal. It's nice to wrestle some of these scenes out with someone so brilliant. It upped my game."

Don Cheadle, John Goodman and Bruce Greenwood also star in Flight, which opens in cinemas on February 1.

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 17: Denzel Washington attends the UK Premiere of 'Flight' at The Empire Cinema on January 17, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

  • Flight - UK Film Premiere - Red Carpet Arrivals

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 17: Kelly Reilly attends the UK Premiere of 'Flight' at The Empire Cinema on January 17, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 17: Ozwald Boateng attends the UK Premiere of 'Flight' at The Empire Cinema on January 17, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 17: Jamelia attends the UK Premiere of 'Flight' at The Empire Cinema on January 17, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 17: Alex Zane attends the UK Premiere of 'Flight' at The Empire Cinema on January 17, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 17: Kelly Reilly attends the UK Premiere of 'Flight' at The Empire Cinema on January 17, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 17: Denzel Washington attends the UK Premiere of 'Flight' at The Empire Cinema on January 17, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 17: Kelly Reilly attends the UK Premiere of 'Flight' at The Empire Cinema on January 17, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

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    US actor Denzel Washington greets fans as he arrives to attend the UK Premiere of his latest film 'Flight' in London's Leicester Square on January 17, 2013. AFP PHOTO/MAX NASH (Photo credit should read MAX NASH/AFP/Getty Images)

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    British actress Kelly Reilly poses for pictures on the red carpet as she arrives to attend the UK Premiere of her latest film 'Flight' in London's Leicester Square on January 17, 2013. AFP PHOTO/MAX NASH (Photo credit should read MAX NASH/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Flight - UK Film Premiere - Red Carpet Arrivals

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 17: Denzel Washington attends the UK Premiere of 'Flight' at The Empire Cinema on January 17, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

  • Flight - UK Film Premiere - Red Carpet Arrivals

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 17: Denzel Washington attends the UK Premiere of 'Flight' at The Empire Cinema on January 17, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)