Articles: Sidney Poitier Voted Honorary Academy Award




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BEVERLY HILLS — Film legend Sidney Poitier will be presented an Honorary Award at the 74th Academy Awards Presentation 5:30 p.m. (PST) March 24, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland.

The award, an Oscar statuette, is being given to Poitier 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.

"When the Academy honors Sidney Poitier," said Academy President Frank Pierson, "it honors itself even more."

In a career that has spanned more than 50 years, Poitier has been nominated for two leading actor Oscars, in 1958 for his role in "The Defiant Ones," and in 1963 for "Lilies of the Field," for which he won the statuette.

Poitier has appeared in over 40 films since 1949, including such classics as "Blackboard Jungle," "To Sir, with Love," "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," "A Raisin in the Sun" and "In the Heat of the Night."

Academy rules state that Honorary Awards, in the form of Oscar statuettes, may be given for "exceptional distinction in the making of motion pictures or for outstanding service to the Academy." Previous recipients include Paul Newman, Satyajit Ray, Michelangelo Antonioni, Akira Kurosawa, Sophia Loren, Walter Lantz, James Stewart and Henry Fonda.

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