Thu, 16 Feb 2012 09:13:43 GMT | By Tom Phillips
Sidney Poitier: a life in pictures

1964 - Oscar breakthrough



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This time, Poitier was not denied - he won the Best Actor Oscar for Lillies In The Field, the first time a black man had ever won a competitive Oscar (James Baskett had recieved an honorary Oscar in 1948 for his role in the controversial Song Of The South.)

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