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FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER'S GALA TRIBUTE TO SIDNEY POITIER

(From L to R) Quincy Jones, Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee

There is no debate that Sidney Poitier deserves all the tributes that have been heaped upon him. With a career that has spanned over 7 decades and a plethora of groundbreaking moments, Sidney Poitier has forged the way for the Spike Lee's and John Singleton's of the world today. When Sidney entered Hollywood as a black island boy from the Bahamas, there was no such thing as black Hollywood. Hattie McDaniel had her Oscar under her arm for Gone with the Wind but it appeared as the wind was blowing cold for black actors in Hollywood.

Sidney came with persistence and talent tucked under his belt and after more than 54 movies he has created a career and paved a way for the black presence in Hollywood. Who can forget Sidney as Homer Smith singing "Amen" with the German nuns in Lillies of the Field(1963). We know he will never forget accepting his Oscar for that role in 1964. It was a role that placed him permanently on the map. Then, three years later he directly addressed bi-racial dating in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) and then showed his tough side later as Virgil Tibbs in The Heat of the Night (1967), a role he reprised in They Call me Mr. Tibbs (1970). Before Dangerous Minds, Sidney introduced as to the reformative teacher role in To Sir, With Love(1967) which he brought to a younger generation in the TV movie, a sequel, in 1996. Sidney has done it all and in 2002, The Academy acknowledged his contribution with an honorary Oscar in the presence of his peers.


"He's my idol." Chris Tucker says as he stands nervously on the red carpet waiting for the man of the hour to arrive. " I remember when I first met Sidney Poitier", Quentin Tarantino reminisced. His animated face lighting up as he tells of Sidney's words to him on their first meeting. It was a string of magical moment as today's ground breakers honored the Icon. We are happy that we can bring you the words direct from the source in another Society Hae video. Special thanks to Shaina Moskowitz for her support on the red carpet.

Video/Article by MakingChaos.com: Sekiya Dorsett

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