Sidney Poitier, actor, director, humanitarian and diplomat. Helped build bridges and open doors for others to follow. First black man to win Best Actor Oscar in 'Lilies of the Field'. One other Best Actor nom for The Defiant Ones. Appointed Knight Commander OBE though doesn't use the title 'Sir'. Honorary Academy Award "in recognition of his remarkable accomplishments as an artist and as a human being." Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom, USA's highest civilian honor, by President Obama.