Oprah Winfrey is honoring a legend.
Sidney, the documentary detailing the life and legacy of Sidney Poitier, is formally on its technique to our screens. And on Sept. 23, the producer posted a robust teaser for the documentary to her Instagram web page, giving us a glimpse into the world of the enduring actor and the influence he had on Hollywood and the Black neighborhood.
The promo kicks off with a pair of prolific actors talking in regards to the A Raisin within the Solar actor. First, there’s Denzel Washington, who says, “He had large shoulders, he was given large shoulders, however he needed to carry a number of weight.” Morgan Freeman continues with, “In all my childhood, I used to be specializing in that gentle.”
Spike Lee then chimes in declaring, “It isn’t straightforward being the primary.”
In 1964, the Hollywood legend made historical past as the primary Black actor to win an Academy Award within the Greatest Actor class. The milestone paved the best way for different Black performers who got here after such as Halle Berry, who grew to become the primary Black girl to win a Greatest Actress Academy Award in 2002.
The Monsters Ball actress, who’s additionally part of the tribute, shares within the trailer, “It was the primary time I might ever seen a Black man assert his energy.” Music and movie producer Quincy Jones provides, “Bam! That had by no means occurred on the display earlier than.”
Former President Barack Obama additionally mirrored on the actor saying, “Poitier as soon as referred to as his driving objective to make himself a greater individual and he made us all a bit bit higher alongside the best way.”
And it wasn’t simply actors who felt these sentiments, as singer Lenny Kravitz added, “He got here to this earth to maneuver it,” earlier than Oprah ended the teaser saying, “Largest field workplace draw, Black man, 1967, 68′, and the entire nation is spiraling round him.”