Happy New Year, Viewers!
2021 is over, and 2022 has just started. There are so many things that are happening right now. From the death of Betty White to how many got COVID during the holidays to the anniversary of the insurrection. But this morning, I felt inspired because of Sidney Poitier.
In case you guys don’t know, Sidney Poitier has died at the age of 94, and he has done so many things that not a lot of people can do. Also, I don’t know a lot about Sidney Poitier, and I have never seen his films, but my Dad told me that he watched his movies when he was growing up and that he didn’t because his movies were focused on controversial subjects since he was a kid and he watched movies for the story.
Sidney Poitier was born on February 20, 1927 and he became one of the best actors that the world has ever seen. He is the first African American male to win the Academy Award for Best Actor. He won that award in 1963 for the film “Lilies of the Field.” Sidney Poitier is known for his movies that focused on racial tensions during the civil rights movement. Movies like, “In the Heat of the Night” and “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” are his well-known films too. Most of his movies are about him working at high demands/high respected jobs, like being a doctor, a teacher, and a detective. However, he was criticized for being a black man by some of the Whites and some of the Blacks. Some Whites would take down parts of his films when things started to get romantic. At the same time, some of the Blacks criticized him for “betraying” his race by taking white-washed roles and pleasing the Whites. Either way, the majority of the people respected, loved and were inspired by Sidney Poitier.
His death has been shocking to the world, and many people are mourning him. I’m going to watch some of his films as a way to respect him and see what he was like. Most of the films that are made during his time, in my opinion, are not that fun to watch. But so far, from what I have seen, Sidney Poitier’s films are so culture shock to see. Especially the way that films were made in the 1900s. I recommend you to watch his films too.