Sidney Poitier wins Best Actor Oscar for Lilies of the Field. A 31 days of Oscar blogathon article. Today i have the honor of writing for this year’s 31 days of Oscar blogathon under THE ACTORS! For the fourth consecutive year Once Upon a Screen (@CitizenScreen) joins forces with Kellee (@IrishJayHawk66) of Outspoken & Freckled and Paula (@Paula_Guthat) of Paula’s Cinema Club as they all host it to work in sync with the 31 days of oscar on tcm.Its a great honor to talk about one legend today. So to honor Sidney Poitier for his oscar win in Lilies of the Field.
So today i talk about Lilies of the Field which won Sidney Poitier his Oscar milestone that changed everything. When traveling African-American handyman Homer Smith (Sidney Poitier) stops by a farm in rural Arizona, he is welcomed by a group of Roman Catholic nuns who have emigrated from Germany. Realizing that the farm needs a lot of work, Homer takes on a number of repair projects for the women, who are led by the headstrong Mother Maria (Lilia Skala). Impressed by Homer’s kindness and strong work ethic, the nuns come to believe that he has been sent by God to help build them a chapel. Today is my talk about this wonderful movie.
A classic in the deepest sense that really does have Sidney Poitier give out such a fine performance that he just blew away the system of Oscar award winning forever. It is one of the finest performances by any actor in any movie. It has him play a role of homer smith as a handy man that truly shows a level of kindness to the nuns that many would not have shown. It’s truly one remarkable role for him as he gives out one of his finest performances even if i feel that his performance in A Patch of Blue and heat of the night are very much better. I do say this stands out as one of fine performance by an actor in a role. Everyone else in the cast gives out fine performances too. It has such a wonderful heart and soul as it stands among the classics of Hollywood as one of the finest movies all time.
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So it is Oscar night in 1964. It was a tense night we had one of the biggest shellshocks to happen to the Oscars ever as Sidney Poitier is handed his Oscar. It really is a game changer as much anything.
Sidney Poitier became the first African American to win the Best Actor Oscar and the only one until Denzel Washington for Training Day(2001).
38 years later. By a strange coincidence, Denzel Washington won the Best Actor award on the same night when Poitier received an Honorary Oscar. It was a great honor as Denzel Washington handed him his honorary as one of today’s finest actors handed the award to an actor that broke down the barriers forever. It was so much of an honor.
Sidney Poitier came to the fore of American culture in the 1950s and 1960s as a fine actor, and as an ambassador of America’s long-delayed civil rights movement. While other actors and actresses of color made impact before and after him, Poitier in his time leveraged his mesmerizing screen presence into a culture-changing force. His very first film set off a chain of events that freed his native Bahamas of British colonial rule, and from there he not only became the first black Best Actor Oscar winner – for “Lilies of the Field” (1963) – but was the number-one box-office draw too it truly broke the mold. He broke the ground forever as the first black legend to have a title on the screen.
He has earned our respect for ages. He is far from anyone normal he is one amazing guy that broke down all grounds that shows you anything is possible. Thank you so much to Sidney Poitier you sir did such wonders for the world. He is truly one amazing legend for the ages.