Academy Museum of Motion Picture honors legendary Sidney Poitier | Connect FM | Local news radio


When the $ 482 million Cinema Academy Museum opens September 30 in Los Angeles, it will pay homage to one of the greatest actors of all time, Sidney Poitier.

The entrance to the new venue, the Grand Lobby, is named after the iconic Oscar winner.

“It is an incredible honor to name our Great Hall – the nucleus of the Academy Museum – in honor of Sir Sidney Poitier, whose legacy of humanitarian efforts and revolutionary art continues to inspire us all” , said the director of the Academy’s museum. Bill kramer said in a declaration.

The 94-year-old pioneering actor’s film credits include Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Uptown Saturday Night, Let’s Do It Again and Lilies of the Field, which earned him an Oscar for Best Actor in 1964, the first black artist to win. . the reward. Poitier has received numerous distinctions during his distinguished career, including the Presidential Medal for the Freedom of President Barack Obama in 2009.

“Sidney’s enormous impact on the film industry and audiences around the world is inextricably linked with the story of his long-standing collegial relationship with the Academy,” said Poitier’s wife, Joanna Shimkus Poitier. “Being honored now as the namesake of the Academy’s museum lobby, the place of access to everything inside, is almost like receiving a second Oscar, for all of one’s life. career.”

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures features six floors of exhibits spanning the history of cinema. Tuesday, September 7 Spike lee will be featured in a special conversation with King Shaka, director of Judas and the Black Messiah with Oscar nominee Daniel Kaluuya. The event will be broadcast live at 6 p.m. PT.

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