Sidney Poitier Overview:

Legendary actor, Sidney Poitier, was born Sidney L. Poitier on Feb 20, 1927 in Miami, FL. As of December 2020, Sidney Poitier was 93 years old.

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Sidney Poitier was nominated for two Academy Awards, winning one for Best Actor for Lilies of the Field (as Homer Smith) in 1963. He also won one Honorary Award in 2001 in recognition of his remarkable accomplishments as an artist and as a human being .

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1958Best ActorThe Defiant Ones (1958)Noah CullenNominated
1963Best ActorLilies of the Field (1963)Homer SmithWon

Academy Awards (Honorary Oscars)

YearAwardDescription
2001Honorary Awardin recognition of his remarkable accomplishments as an artist and as a human being

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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures. Sidney Poitier's handprints and footprints were 'set in stone' at Grauman's Chinese Theater during imprint ceremony #134 on Jun 23, 1967.

BlogHub Articles:

Book Review: ‘This Life’ by

By Virginie Pronovost on Oct 22, 2020 From The Wonderful World of Cinema

Three weeks ago, I went back to the library to return the book?Jean Arthur: The Actress Nobody Knew?by John Oller. I then took the opportunity to borrow another one. My choice was ’s autobiography This Life which was initially published in 1980. I chose this book because, 1- Poit... Read full article


On Blu-ray: and in A Patch of Blue (1965)

By KC on Sep 4, 2019 From Classic Movies

Though awarded and appreciated in its time, I’ve never felt that A Patch of Blue (1965) has gotten the attention it deserves. As a showcase for a pair of and Shelley Winter’s best performances, a wonderful debut for the delicate Elizabeth Hartman, and a tribute to the pow... Read full article


James Garner and Host a Duel at Diablo

By Rick29 on Sep 2, 2019 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

James Garner as Jess. From the opening strains of Neal Hefti's guitar-driven theme, it's apparent that Duel at Diablo (1966) wants to break from the conventional Western movie mold. Its acting credits confirm that, with an eclectic cast headed by James Garner, (in his first Western),... Read full article


March Madness #20:

By Kat_Selby on Mar 20, 2018 From All Good Things

Welcome to Day #20 of MARCH MADNESS! Every day in March, ALL GOOD THINGS will highlight a Classic film Super-star, you know, the type renowned for really, really B.A.D. to sweetest-dearest-most darling! DAY #19 results: VIVIEN LEIGH swept the day with 70% of the fans voting for sweet gentle MYRA fro... Read full article


TCMFF Prefunc: 10 Reasons I Dig

By KC on Mar 30, 2017 From Classic Movies

As film fans, many of us get so wrapped up in the idea of being a pioneer, because of the advances he has made for actors of color, that I think we forget that he is also one of the greatest film actors of all time. There's no part that is beyond his abilities and he's also a huge mov... Read full article


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Sidney Poitier Quotes:

Homer Smith: I'm gonna' build me a chapel.


John: You listen to me. You say you don't want to tell me how to live my life. So what do you think you've been doing? You tell me what rights I've got or haven't got, and what I owe to you for what you've done for me. Let me tell you something. I owe you nothing! If you carried that bag a million miles, you did what you're supposed to do! Because you brought me into this world. And from that day you owed me everything you could ever do for me like I will owe my son if I ever have another. But you don't own me! You can't tell me when or where I'm out of line, or try to get me to live my life according to your rules. You don't even know what I am, Dad, you don't know who I am. You don't know how I feel, what I think. And if I tried to explain it the rest of your life you will never understand. You are 30 years older than I am. You and your whole lousy generation believes the way it was for you is the way it's got to be. And not until your whole generation has lain down and died will the dead weight of you be off our backs! You understand, you've got to get off my back! Dad... Dad, you're my father. I'm your son. I love you. I always have and I always will. But you think of yourself as a colored man. I think of myself as a man. Now, I've got a decision to make, hm? And I've got to make it alone, and I gotta make it in a hurry. So would you go out there and see after my mother?


John: After all, a lot of people are going to think we are a shocking pair.


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Sidney Poitier Facts
In 1967 Sidney Poitier starred in three well-received films -To Sir, with Love; In the Heat of the Night; and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner - making him the top box office star of that year.

Premiere Magazine ranked him as #20 on a list of the Greatest Movie Stars of All Time in their Stars in Our Constellation feature (2005).

In 2002, Sidney Poitier was chosen by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to receive an Honorary Award, designated "To Sidney Poitier in recognition of his remarkable accomplishments as an artist and as a human being."

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