In the lead up to the Oscars this weekend I’ve been re-watching some of my favorite classic Academy Award winning films.
I just finished Sidney Poitier’s 1964 “Lillies of the Field”, the story of a black itinerant handyman ‘sent by God’ to help a group of German nuns build a chapel.
Poitier became the first black man nominated for an Academy Award, winning the Oscar for his portrayal
Sydney Poitier turned 92 years old this week, the oldest living man to win a Best Actor Academy Award.
My favorite film of his is the outstanding portrayal of John Prentice in the ‘67 classic “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”. In addition to his groundbreaking film career, Poitier also appeared on Broadway in the original “Raisin in the Sun”. A dedicated Civil Rights activist he was friends with Martin Luther King Jr, appearing at the 1963 March on Washington. In the third photo he’s pictured at the march with Harry Belafonte and Charlton Heston. He also served as the Bahamian Ambassador to Japan from 1997-2007.