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Sydney Poitier, the first black actor to win an Oscar, has died

Sydney Poitier, a leading American actor and director, died hours ago at the age of ninety-four. He was the first black actor to take home the Golden Statue of the Oscars.

Blacks faced many problems in the United States in the 1950s and 1960s. For example, until 1954, in many states, blacks were barred from studying alongside whites, thus depriving them of their basic citizenship rights. Fundamental changes in segregated laws took place during the Democratic rule in the 1960s, and these positive changes were not possible without the efforts and perseverance of artists, politicians, and other important and influential black people. Sydney Poitier has always been credited as one of the most influential figures in the growth and flourishing of black American art in the mid-twentieth century; The man who paved the way for the emergence of a new generation of black stars in Hollywood. He was first nominated for an Academy Award for his role in "Militants" in 1958, and six years later, in 1964, won the Academy Award for Best actor in a Leading Role for his role in "Farm Lilies." The title of the first black actor to win the Academy Award for Best actor in History.

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Henry Xu began acting in Broadway in the 1940s and made his film debut in the 1950s with No Way Out. Over the years, he has appeared in a wide range of leading roles in front of the camera, which is why we remember Poitier as a capable and creative actor. One of Sydney Poitier's most enduring roles is in "In the Heat of the Night," directed by Norman Joyson. The film uses a murder mystery study to address the racial issues in South America and to take steps to rectify the chaotic situation of those years.

Unique in the field of cinema, he received an honorary Oscar. In addition to the Academy Awards, Poitier has twice won an Emmy and has been nominated for five BAFTAs and a Golden Globe, respectively. In addition to acting, he also worked in the field of directing and made 9 feature films, none of which were very successful.


Source: TheGuardian

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