Lilies of the Field

Long time coming.

Twenty-four years after Gone With the Wind’s Hattie McDaniel broke the color barrier for Oscar acting winners, Sidney Poitier became the first Black man to win the little golden man.

One of the last “old Hollywood” legends still living (he turns 94 next month), Poitier was honored by the Academy for this gentle ’63 tale of a wanderin’ man who lands among a pack of nuns, changing their lives.

Handy with a hammer, he finds himself building a chapel, while verbally dueling with the flock’s Mother Superior (Oscar nominee Lilia Skala).

Simple, yet stirring — a landmark in cinema history.

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