Sidney Poitier, the first African American to win an Oscar, dies

Actor Sidney Poitier (Ansa)

New York, January 7, 2022 – Farewell to Sidney Poitier, first African American actor a win an Oscar. The Hollywood star died at the age of 94. Interpreter of many famous films such as ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner’ and ‘Inspector Tibbs’ Hot Night’, its success paved the way for many African American actors.

The film that earned him the statuette ofl’Academy Award in 1964 it was ‘The lilies of the field’, thanks to which he also won the Golden Globe. Before him alone Hattie McDaniel, the Mami of ‘Gone with the Wind’, had managed to obtain the prestigious award, but as best supporting actress. And he remained the only African American to be able to boast the highest recognition of American cinema until the award ceremony of Louis Gossett Jr. in 1983 for the film ‘Officer and a gentleman’ as best supporting actor. Denzel Washington equaled Sidney Poiter in the number of awards won, winning the Oscar in 1990 for Best Supporting Actor for the film ‘Glory – Men of Glory’ and in 2002 for Best Actor for the film ‘Training Day’. Just in 2002 in Poitier he was awarded the Oscar for Lifetime Achievement.

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A very long career

Poitier was born in Miami, Florida on February 20, 1927. Durante la second World War, in November 1943, he lied about his age and joined the army, ending up working in a psychiatric hospital. Leaving the army, he worked as a dishwasher until a successful audition landed him a spot with the American Negro Theater.

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