Sidney Poitier, first black male to win an Oscar for Best Actor, dies at 94

Sidney Poitier, an actor and activist known for breaking down racial barriers in Hollywood, has passed away at the age of 94. Favorite actor has starred in classic Hollywood films such as Raisins in the sun, Guess who’s coming to dinner, and Lilies in the field, for which he received the Oscar for Best Actor, the first to be awarded to a black man.



Known as a pioneer, Poitier’s career spanned 71 years.

Born in Miami but raised in the Bahamas, Poiter’s career spanned an astonishing seven decades and was marked by defining moments breaking barriers.



The actor received his first Academy Award nomination in 1959 for his role in Rebellious… The moment was historic, as Poitiers became the first African American to be nominated for the award. He was also nominated for a BAFTA award for the role he won.



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One of the defining moments in Poitiers’ career was the release of his 1963 film. Lilies of the Field. His role as a handyman helping a group of German-speaking nuns build a chapel has been praised by critics. In 1964 he became first black male to receive an Oscar for Best Actor for the role. Poitiers also received an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Actor for his role.



Denzel Washington praised the actor after he became the second black to receive the award for his 2001 film Training day… He said then: “I will always haunt you, Sidney. I will always follow in your footsteps. I don’t want to do anything, sir.

Washington told Variety that he would love to star in a movie with Poitiers, which retired from cinema in 2001. “God bless him – he’s still here, but yes, I missed this opportunity.”

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Tributes to Sydney began to pour in from around the world as the news spread.

After Foreign Secretary Fred Mitchell announced this, tributes began to pour in around the world.

“We lost a great Bahamian and I lost a personal friend,” Mitchell said.

Prime Minister of the Bahamas Chester Cooper said he “felt a great sadness and a sense of celebration when he learned of the passing of Sir Sidney Poitier.”

“Sadness that he will no longer be here to tell him how much he means to us, but joy that he has done so much to show the world that the humblest beginners can change the world, and that we have given flowers for him while he was with us, – he continued.

President Barack Obama recognized Poitiers as a civil rights activist in 2019 with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

It was announced last month that a Broadway play would be staged about Poitiers’ legendary career.

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