The legendary actor and pioneering film director received a lead actor nomination for 1958's "The Defiant Ones," which revolved around two escaped prisoners -- one black, one white (Tony Curtis) -- who are shackled together. Poitier won the lead actor Oscar for 1963's charming "Lilies of the Field," as an itinerant handyman who builds a chapel for some East German nuns. At the 2002 Academy Awards ceremony, Poitier received an Honorary Academy Award for his "extraordinary performances and unique presence on the screen and for representing the industry with dignity, style and intelligence." Pictured with producer Sidney Skolsky and his Oscar for "Lillies in the Field."
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