In 1964 Poitier became the first Bahamian and first African-American to win an Academy Award for Best Actor, for his role in Lilies of the Field. Three years later in 1967, Poitier starred in three successful films, all of which dealt with issues involving race and race relations: To Sir, with Love; In the Heat of the Night; and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, making him the top box-office star of the year.
Anne Bancroft presents Sidney Poitier the Oscar for Best Actor for Lilies of the Field at the 36th Academy Awards. Hosted by Jack Lemmon.
Sidney Poitier Wins Best Actor: 1964 Oscars
Denzel Washington presents an Honorary Oscar for his body of work to Sidney Poitier at the 74th Annual Academy Awards.
Sidney Poitier Receives an Honorary Award: 2002 Oscars
This is the final scene in the film directed by Ralph Nelson. It’s the scene where Homer Smith, played by Sidney Poitier leaves Mother Maria, played by Lilia Skala after building them a chapel. After taking one last look at the chapel he built, Smith, knowing that his work is done, slips into his car and drives quietly off into the night.
Lilies of the Field – Amen