In 1964, screen legend Sidney Poitier made history by becoming the first African-American to win an Academy Award® for Best Actor. Now, Sidney—who won for his role in Lilies of the Field—returns to the stage where he received the award for a candid one-on-one interview with fellow Oscar winner Jamie Foxx.
Jamie: When you walk into this room, what do you feel?
Sidney:What do I feel? I feel sort of...interesting. Because that was an extraordinary moment for me in my life. ... First of all, it was an unexpected ending. I didn't expect to win. Times were different then. And there was no precedence for it. It had never happened.
Jamie: Wow. Forest Whitaker, Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Hudson, Djimon Hounsou, my good friend Will Smith, all nominated for Oscars. How does that make you feel?
Jamie: And knowing you started it.
Sidney: Well, it isn't that I started it.
Jamie: You are so humble.
Sidney: Since I was the first person out there with the opportunity to maximize for the others that will come behind me. That's what I had to do.