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Hollywood’s First Black Movie Star, Oscar-Winning Sidney Poitier Dies at 94

Sidney Poitier, Hollywood’s first Black movie star and the first Black man to win the best actor Oscar, has died at 94.

The news of his death comes from Clint Watson, press secretary for the Prime Minister of the Bahamas. Poitier came from an impoverished background in the Bahamas before embarking on his successful and pioneering acting career.

Poitier won the Oscar for 1963’s “Lilies of the Field,” and some of his most known films included “In the Heat of the Night” and “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.” He often fulfilled movie roles that pushed 1950s and ’60s audiences to envision Black people as doctors, teachers, and detectives, not just stereotypical pigeonholes.

“(Blacks) were so new in Hollywood. There was almost no frame of reference for us except as stereotypical, one-dimensional characters,” Poitier told Oprah Winfrey in 2000. “I had in mind what was expected of me — not just what other Blacks expected but what my mother and father expected. And what I expected of myself.”

Over time, as the only Black leading man in 1960s Hollywood, Poitier became hailed as a representative symbol of his race. He endured criticism and scrutiny from every direction, including some Black people who said he betrayed their culture by taking sanitized roles to pander to non-Black audiences.

“It’s been an enormous responsibility,” Poitier explained. “And I accepted it, and I lived in a way that showed how I respected that responsibility. I had to. In order for others to come behind me, there were certain things I had to do.”

In 2000, Poitier wrote his memoir, “The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography.” In 2001, he received an honorary Acadamy Award for his overall contribution to American cinema. And, before receiving the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s highest award in 2011, in 2009, President Obama awarded the acclaimed actor the Presidential Medal of Freedom, saying, “It’s been said that Sidney Poitier does not make movies, he makes milestones … milestones of artistic excellence, milestones of America’s progress.”

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79th Golden Globes Will Not Be Livestreamed This Weekend

While the Golden Globes will be taking place this weekend, following a controversial rollercoaster of changes including being dropped by NBC and having no celebrity presenters or red carpet, the show will now be held as a private event. 

“This year’s event is going to be a private event and will not be livestreamed,” an HFPA spokesperson revealed. “We will be providing real-time updates on winners on the Golden Globes website and our social media.”

According to the update, full results from Sunday will reportedly be announced via a press release after the 90-minute ceremony is over. 

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Friday Movie Release: “The 355”

This Friday will be actioned-packed, as Simon Kinberg’s The 355 will be hitting theaters nationwide. 

When a top-secret weapon falls into mercenary hands, wild card CIA agent Mason “Mace” Brown (Jessica Chastain) will need to join forces with rival badass German agent Marie (Diane Kruger), former MI6 ally and cutting-edge computer specialist Khadijah (Lupita Nyong’o), and skilled Colombian psychologist Graciela (Penélope Cruz) on a lethal, breakneck mission to retrieve it, while also staying one step ahead of a mysterious woman, Lin Mi Sheng (Bingbing Fan), who is tracking their every move.

As the action rockets around the globe from the cafes of Paris to the markets of Morocco to the wealth and glamour of Shanghai, the quartet of women will forge a tenuous loyalty that could protect the world—or get them killed.

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Golden Globes 2022 Will Have No Celebrity Presenters, Moving Forward With “Small Event” 

The Golden Globes will reportedly put on its annual awards show with a few major changes in 2022. 

According to a copy of an email obtained from the Globes talent booker that was sent to several publicity agencies, no celebrities have agreed to take part in the ceremony—either due to boycotting the show itself or due to COVID-19 precautions. 

“The Golden Globes will move forward with a small event on January 9th that will not only award the best performances in television and film for 2021, but also on recognizing the importance of supporting diverse creatives across the industry,” the letter read. “The event this year will celebrate and honor a variety of diverse, community-based programs that empower inclusive filmmakers and journalists to pursue their storytelling passions. The HFPA has financially supported important underserved organizations for decades and will continue to invest in the future leaders of our industry.”

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has not revealed any official plans, including how the winners will be revealed or where the Globes will be taking place, but the event will be occurring on January 9th as previously stated. 

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Daniel Craig Honored by Queen Elizabeth with Same Title as James Bond

As part of Queen Elizabeth’s annual New Year’s honors list, Daniel Craig was recognized with the same title as his fictional character James Bond. 

The Queen deemed Craig a CMG, Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George, for his services to film and theater. 

This honor is the most recent accolade that Craig has received over the recent months following the release of his final Bond film No Time to Die. In September of 2021, he was named an honorary officer of the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy, and in October, he was celebrated with his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

“If happiness was measured by the company we keep, then me being on this pavement surrounded by all of these legends makes me a very, very, very happy man. So thank you very much,” said Craig at the time of receiving his star, which is placed next to fellow former James Bond actor Roger Moore.

Craig, in a later interview, also shared: “The idea that my name will be alongside those of so many actors who have inspired me during my life is really quite incomprehensible and not something I could have ever imagined. All I can really say is that it is an enormous, mind-boggling privilege to have been invited to join the road.”

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