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Sidney Poitier Made Oscar History Today - Black Actors And The Best Actor Academy Award

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 13, 2014 7:15 PM
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Sidney Poitier Made Oscar History Today - Black Actors & The Best Actor Academy Award

The Academy Got It Wrong: Black Oscar Winners and the Roles They Should Have Won For

  • By Jai Tiggett
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  • February 28, 2014 10:30 AM
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In anticipation of the Academy Award ceremony this weekend, here’s a look back at the black actors who’ve taken home the Oscar, and which other roles they should have won for, if any.

Viola Davis, Michael B. Jordan, Sidney Poitier, Kerry Washington, and More Will Be 2014 Oscar Presenters (Full List Announced)

  • By Jai Tiggett
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  • February 24, 2014 5:40 PM
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Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron today announced the complete slate of stars who will present Oscars at the ceremony. The Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will air on Oscar Sunday, March 2, live on ABC

Rare Production Photos From 'Porgy & Bess' 1959 Film Set + Talk Of A Re-Release & Remake

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 25, 2013 12:24 PM
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Rare Production Photos From 'Porgy & Bess' 1959 Film Set + Talk Of A Re-Release & Remake

'In The Heat Of The Night' Coming To Blu-Ray In January 2014

  • By Sergio
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  • November 9, 2013 4:34 PM
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I know there are a lot of people who absolutely love Norman Jewison’s 1967 Best Picture Oscar winning film In The Heat of the Night, but I’ve always felt that it promises more than it delivers.

Why Sidney Poitier's 'A Warm December' Is No "Click Flick"

  • By Sergio
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  • August 23, 2013 4:42 PM
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So this is how the conversation started…

Why & How 'The Long Ships' w/ Sidney Poitier Should Be Remade. What Old Films Would You Remake?

  • By Sergio
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  • August 22, 2013 11:26 AM
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I asked this question before, over two years ago, and I thought once more unto the breach (to quote Shakespeare's Henry V), and ask it again, to see what kind of responses we get from our readers this time around.

Sidney Poitier Made Oscar History Today… Black Actors & The Best Actor Academy Award

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 13, 2013 10:57 AM
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Today in history, April 13th, 1964... Sidney Poitier became the first black performer in a leading role to win an Oscar for his role in Lilies Of The Field. He also holds the record for the the youngest black actor to win the Best Actor Oscar, at age 37. This would be Poitier's second nomination for the award; the first being for his performance in The Defiant Ones, 5 years earlier.It would take another looooong 38 years before another black actor would win the Best Actor Oscar - Denzel Washington, in 2001, for his performance in Training Day. And coincidentally, that win made Denzel the oldest black actor to win the Best Actor Oscar, at 47 years old. That was in 2002. Since then, 2 black actors have won the Best Actor Oscar - Jamie Foxx for his performance in Ray in 2005, and Forest Whitaker for his role as Idi Amin in The Last King Of Scotland in 2007. In total, black actors have been nominated 19 times for the Best Actor award, and won on just 4 occasions, all listed above. Denzel has the most Best Actor nominations with 4, followed by Morgan Freeman with 3; though Morgan's never won it! Given this year's lineup of black actors in potential Oscar-contender leading roles, next year, we might see as many as 3 black actors nominated for the Best Actor Academy Award, which would set a record if that happened.It'll mark the 8th year since the last time a black actor won the award. Will any of them win it? Your guess is as good as mine.In the first video below, Sidney accepts the 1964 Oscar for Best Actor from Anne Bancroft (What would have happened if Sidney planted a big fat wet kiss on Anne Bancroft as she handed him the award?); and in the clip underneath that, Denzel Washington serves Sir Sidney with an Honorary Oscar during the 74th Annual Academy Awards ceremony, in 2002.

Sidney Poitier To Publish First Sci-Fi Novel

  • By Sergio
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  • December 3, 2012 8:57 AM
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Legend Sidney Poitier has already published two highly regarded and successful books of memoirs. Now he's venturing into a whole new field altogether.

Sidney Poitier Feted At Bahamas’ 40th Independence Anniversary; Landmarks Named After Him

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 10, 2012 7:32 PM
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At 85 years old, he's one of the few legends of his generation still alive...