In a special tribute presentation, the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) is honoring prominent actor, Sidney Poitier with its inaugural Icon Award.
The award comes as a celebratory dedication in honor of the 50th anniversary of Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner, which starred Poitier and Audrey Hepburn. The 1967 film, not only saw Poitier as a leading man but also as Hepburn’s significant other. In addition, the story explored a positive reaction to interracial dating, a situation that, at the time, was illegal.
As one of the first African-Americans to star in leading roles on-stage and on-screen, Poitier’s imprint in arts and culture paved a way for other entertainers of color to make their mark as well.
The Oscar-winning actor’s Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner ceremony will include a star-studded salute that will highlight his career, life and lasting legacy which includes becoming the first African-American to win an Academy Award for Best Actor in 1966 for Lilies of the Field, respectfully.
“Throughout his career, Mr. Poitier has embodied values that the AAFCA community admires and strives to duplicate,” Gil Robertson, President of AAFCA said in a statement sent to EBONY.com. “He set a standard of merit through his craft and commitment to humanity that has been a great blueprint for all artists.”
AAFCA’s tribute to Mr. Sidney Poitier, makes the organization’s eighth awards ceremony, and will take place on February 8, 2017 at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood.
Below is a brief look at the man, the artist and his journey.