#OscarsSoWhite: Black Actors Snubbed By the Oscars
Sidney Poitier, In the Heat of the Night
Sidney Poitier won the Academy Award for 1963’s Lilies in the Field, but the role many felt he should have received the Oscar for was 1967’s In the Heat of the Night. As Detective Virgil Tibbs, Poitier took on racism while investigating a murder in a racist Southern town. When Poitier slapped a white man he was interrogating and uttered the words, “They call me Mr. Tibbs,” he entered the lexicon of film history forever.
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