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National Board of Review honors Jon Voight

NEW YORK, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- The National Board of Review of Motion Pictures has announced that it will honor Jon Voight with its Career Achievement Award at its annual awards ceremonies in

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HOLLYWOOD, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- In an unfortunate sense television, the dominating mass media of our time, contributes to an old evil, apartheid.
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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
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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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