Oprah Winfrey is honoring a legend.
Sidney, the documentary detailing the life and legacy of Sidney Poitier, is formally on its option to our screens. And on Sept. 23, the producer posted a strong teaser for the documentary to her Instagram page, giving us a glimpse into the world of the enduring actor and the influence he had on Hollywood and the Black group.
The promo kicks off with a pair of prolific actors talking concerning the A Raisin within the Sun actor. First, there’s Denzel Washington, who says, “He had massive shoulders, he was given massive shoulders, however he needed to carry a whole lot of weight.” Morgan Freeman continues with, “In all my adolescence, I used to be specializing in that gentle.”
Spike Lee then chimes in declaring, “It’s not simple being the primary.”
In 1964, the Hollywood legend made historical past as the primary Black actor to win an Academy Award within the Best Actor class. The milestone paved the way in which for different Black performers who got here after such as Halle Berry, who turned the first Black woman to win a Best 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’d 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 known as his driving goal to make himself a greater particular person and he made us all a bit of bit higher alongside the way in which.”
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, “Biggest field workplace draw, Black man, 1967, 68′, and the entire nation is spiraling round him.”