Jamie Foxx wins best actor Oscar

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Jamie Foxx won the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role at the 77th Academy Awards in Los Angeles Sunday for his performance as Ray Charles in "Ray."

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Today is Sunday, Feb. 20, the 51st day of 2005 with 314 to follow.
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Feature: AFI calls Lucas a pioneer

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- When the American Film Institute presents George Lucas with its AFI Life Achievement Award next June, it will be the first time in the award's 33-year history t
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Analysis: 'Birth of a Nation' silenced

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- The owner of a silent-movie theater in Los Angeles has canceled plans to screen D.W. Griffith's "The Birth of a Nation," providing further evidence that race re
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Feature: AFI honors Meryl Streep

LOS ANGELES, June 11 (UPI) -- An all-star Hollywood lineup turned out for the American Film Institute tribute to Meryl Streep, but a series of testimonials from the likes of Robert De Niro,
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AFI honors Meryl Streep

LOS ANGELES, June 11 (UPI) -- An all-star line-up turned out for the American Film Institute tribute to Meryl Streep at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood.

Nichols will do the honors for Streep

LOS ANGELES, May 25 (UPI) -- The American Film Institute announced Tuesday Mike Nichols will present Meryl Streep with the AFI's 32nd Life Achievement Award in Hollywood.

The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, April 13, the 104th day of 2004 with 262 to follow.
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Today is Friday, Feb. 20, the 51st day of 2004 with 315 to follow.
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Analysis: Coloring Hollywood

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- It is the best of times, and it is the worst of times, for blacks in Hollywood -- according to a leading authority of black culture in America.
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Gere honored by Moving Image Museum

NEW YORK, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Actor Richard Gere will be honored for his role in motion pictures at the American Museum of the Moving Image Salute scheduled for April 20 in New York.

Meryl Streep to receive AFI lifetime award

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- The American Film Institute will honor actress Meryl Streep with its 32nd AFI Life Achievement Award, Sir Howard Stringer, xhair of the AFI Board of Trustees, a
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

National rights museum to honor Clinton

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn., announced Thursday the recipients of its 2003 Freedom Award will include former President Bill Clinton.

Notorious con man died alone

NEW YORK, July 19 (UPI) -- The man who inspired the hit play and movie, "Six Degrees of Separation," has died of AIDS at age 39.

Katharine Hepburn was all-time Oscar champ

LOS ANGELES, June 30 (UPI) -- From her Hollywood debut in the 1932 drama, "A Bill of Divorcement," to her final big-screen performance in the 1994 romantic melodrama, "Love Affair," Katharin
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter
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Sidney Poitier
NYP2000052606- 26 MAY 2000- NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA: Fans greet actor Sidney Poitier as he arrives at Macy's department store May 26 to promo his spiritual autobiography, "The Measure of a Man". ep/Ezio Petersen UPI

Sir Sidney Poitier, KBE ( /ˈpwɑːtjeɪ/ or /ˈpwɑːti.eɪ/; born February 20, 1927) is a Bahamian American actor, film director, author, and diplomat.

In 1963, Poitier became the first black person to win an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Lilies of the Field. The significance of this achievement was later bolstered in 1967 when he starred in three well-received films To Sir, with Love, In the Heat of the Night, and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, making him the top box office star of that year. In 1999, the American Film Institute named Poitier among the Greatest Male Stars of All Time, ranking 22nd on the list of 25.

Poitier has directed a number of popular movies such as A Piece of the Action; Uptown Saturday Night, and Let's Do It Again (with friend Bill Cosby), and Stir Crazy (starring Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder). In 2002, 38 years after receiving the Best Actor Award, Poitier was chosen by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to receive an Honorary Award, designated "To Sidney Poitier in recognition of his remarkable accomplishments as an artist and as a human being." Since 1997 he has been the Bahamian ambassador to Japan. On August 12, 2009, Sidney Poitier was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States of America's highest civilian honor, by President Barack Obama.

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