Sidney Poitier is set to accept an icon honor at the upcoming Gotham Awards.
A posthumous tribute from the Gotham Film & Media Institute follows a feature documentary. Sydney Debuted at the Toronto Film Festival. Oscar-winning actor, notable for films like To Liles of the Field, Sir, with love And In the heat of the nightHe died in January of this year at the age of 94 at his home in Beverly Hills, California.
Jonathan Majors introduced the honor at the 32nd annual Gotham Awards ceremony at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on November 28, honoring Poitier for his achievements in Hollywood and his activism during the US civil rights movement.
“Sidney Poitier’s extraordinary accomplishments as an actor and filmmaker across landmark independent films and studio features, as well as his inspiration and influence on filmmaking — especially the way he changed the landscape of our entire industry — have been very impressive to us and collectively. About the filmmakers we represent here at The Gotham, ” Jeffrey Sharp, executive director of The Gotham Film and Media Institute, said in a statement.
Poitier became the first black man to win an Academy Award for Best Actor when he was recognized for his portrayal of a kind-hearted industrialist in Arizona Nuns. Lilies of the field. He received a previous Best Actor nomination for his turn as an escaped convict The Defiant Ones.
Poitier was the first black actor to become the nation’s top box office draw, a distinction he achieved in 1967 when he starred in three memorable films: As a Teacher in London; With love sir; As Philadelphia detective Virgil Tibbs In The Heat of the Night; and inside Guess who’s coming to dinnerThere he played the role of a white woman’s fiance.
The Gotham Awards honor indie film and TV achievements as part of Hollywood’s awards season. Organizers announced earlier that Adam Sandler will receive the performer’s honor at this year’s show.