LIVE POLL: They Called Him Mister Poitier! (R.I.P Sidney Poitier)
Sidney Poitier, the actor whom Morgan Freeman referred to as his "own heaven" just passed away... and it's a terrible loss for Cinema.
Now, every movie lover is aware of the symbol that Mr. Poitier incarnated, being the first of many milestones, and his sad passing is an opportunity to salute the record of all African-American, dark-skinned or minority actresses and actors in Hollywood history and cinema in general. They all owe a lot to Mr. Poitier.
Indeed, he was one of the first African-American actors to be given truly substantial leading roles, to win an Oscar for one of them, to play characters who were beyond all the archetypes related to his ethnic background. Still, there was more in Poitier's characters, it wasn't just the experience of a Black man, victim of prejudices, but also a man who carried his heritage with pride but also struggled to show that there's more than a pigmentation to define him.
One can't ignore the legacy of Poitier, one of the last of AFI's Legends, and through this poll, let's celebrate some of his most famous roles. Which one is your personal favorite?