Poitier had become a recognized choice for black roles where race was an obvious component, but his casting as Homer Smith in Lilies of the Field
was a break from such expected portrayals.
For Lilies of the Field
, Jeffrey Marlett highlights the historical context in which the movie was made.
The lilies of the field
, the birds of the air, weeds and wheat, all afforded him opportunities to show how God operates in creation.
Of course, Sidney Poitier was the first Black person to win the Best Actor award for his performance in Lilies of the Field
One reader may savor the accomplishment of the first male actor of African descent to win an Academy Award in 1963 for his role in Lilies of the Field
another may view him as a justifiable target of ridicule for the 1967 film Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.
This is what Jesus meant when he said, "Consider the lilies of the field
, how they grow.
If he did he would be the first black actor to win the award since Sidney Poitier for Lilies Of The Field
Biblical passage came to mind, such as that of "the birds of the air and the lilies of the field
It is a fact, you singers of the lilies of the field
, that the smell of fried sausage means nothing to you.
Sarasota Negroes Find They Are Not Lilies of the Field
His best - known works include Caminhos cruzados (1935; translated as Crossroads, 1943), which describes five days in the lives of the inhabitants of a suburban street in Porto Alegre; Olhai os lirios do campo (1938; translated as Consider the Lilies of the Field
, 1945), about a wealthy doctor who reviews his past at the deathbed of a former mistress; and O resto e silencio (1942; translated as The Rest Is Silence, 1946), which studies the effect of a girl's suicide on seven people who witness her act.
1964: Sidney Poitier (pictured) became the first black man to win an Oscar for best actor, in The Lilies Of The Field