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A brilliant ‘force of nature’ on and off the screen – Workers World

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After the heartbreaking information of Sidney Poitier’s dying at 94 on Jan. 6, unparalleled adjectives have been used — from the most well-known to strange movie lovers — to explain his towering legacy and expertise as trailblazing, regal, inspiring, noble and extra. His profession as an actor and director spanned 70 years. 

Sidney Poitier acquired an honorary Oscar in 2002.

Poitier was introduced an honorary Academy Award in 2002 “for his extraordinary performances and unique presence on the screen and for representing the motion picture industry with dignity, style and intelligence throughout the world.” 

Black actors like Oscar winners Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Morgan Freeman and Louis Gossett Jr. and lesser recognized actors have stated they won’t have turn out to be the actors they’re at the moment if not for Sidney Poitier paving the manner.