Sidney Poitier wins Best Actor award in 1964 Oscars
Tributes have begun pouring in for Sidney Poitier who has died aged 94.
The Bahamian-American actor – best known for his films Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner and In the Heat of the Night – was the first Black man to win an Oscar for Best Actor.
Poitier took home the prize for his role as Homer Smith in the 1963 drama Lilies of the Field.
Following the news of his death, which was announced by the Bahamian Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell, fans and fellow stars have begun paying tribute to Poitier on social media.
Reese Witherspoon says she was ‘lucky enough to spend some time with Sidney Poitier’
Reese Witherspoon has shared a tribute to the late Oscar winner on Twitter.
“Today we lost a legend. I was lucky enough to spend some time with Sidney Poitier,” wrote the Big Little Lies star.
“As a long time fan, I cherished hearing his incredible stories of how he changed perceptions in Hollywood. His incredible performances are filled with dignity, strength, truth and deep humanity.”
Witherspoon accompanied her post with a photograph of Poitier and herself.
Annabel Nugent7 January 2022 19:20
Oprah Winfrey says ‘the greatest of the ‘Great Trees’ has fallen’
“For me, the greatest of the ‘Great Trees’ has fallen: Sidney Poitier,” wrote the talk show host.
“My honor [sic] to have loved him as a mentor. Friend. Brother. Confidant. Wisdom teacher.”
She continued: “The utmost, highest regard and praise for his most magnificent, gracious, eloquent life. I treasured him. I adored him. He had an enormous soul I will forever cherish. Blessings to Joanna and his world of beautiful daughters.”
Winfrey accompanied the post with a photograph of her and Poitier hugging.
Poitier is survived by his wife Joanna Shimkus, with whom he shares two daughters, Anika and Sydney.
The late actor also has four daughters – Beverly, Pamela, Sherri and Gina – with his former wife Juanita Hardy.
Annabel Nugent7 January 2022 18:50
Barack Obama fondly remembers Sidney Poitier who ‘epitomised dignity and grace’
Former US president Barack Obama has remembered Poitier for his “groundbreaking roles and singular talent”.
Obama paid tribute to the late actor in a Twitter post.
“Through his groundbreaking roles and singular talent, Sidney Poitier epitomized [sic] dignity and grace, revealing the power of movies to bring us closer together,” he wrote.
The 60-year-old continued: “He also opened doors for a generation of actors. Michelle and I send our love to his family and legion of fans.”
He shared the post on Twitter alongside a photograph of himself and former first lady Michelle Obama together with Poitier.
On 12 August in 2009, Obama presented Poitier with the Medal of Freedom at the White House in Washington.
Annabel Nugent7 January 2022 18:24
Joseph Gordon-Levitt remembers Sidney Poitier as ‘an absolute legend’
Joseph Gordon-Levitt has paid tribute to the late acting icon.
In a Twitter post, the Don Jon star wrote: “Sidney Poitier. An absolute legend. One of the greats.”
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