Oprah Winfrey Says Sidney Poitier Would Be ‘Proud’ Of AppleTV+ Documentary: ‘This Is Us Memorializing Him, Celebrating Him, Honouring Him’

With “Symbols: Oprah Observes Sidney,” ET Canada offers viewers a comprehensive look into the life and legacy of a legend. Winfrey and chief Reginald Hudlin only discuss the making of their new Apple TV+ story, “Sidney,” with ET Canada’s Cheryl Hickey.



Poitier was a trailblazer who broke through racial barriers and discriminatory restrictions by being the first person of color to be awarded a foundation grant in 1963.

In 2002, he got a honourary Foundation Grant, and in 2009, the Official Decoration of Independence from Barack Obama.

Notwithstanding, to Winfrey, Poitier was more than his accomplishments.

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“There’s no one I revered, appreciated, regarded, and adored more,” she shared. “All in all, when Reginald came to me and asked, you know, could I be a section as a maker? All in all, you know, ordinarily you need to ponder things. It was a quick… it was a yes that came straight up out of my spirit.”

Hudlin added, “I owe such a huge amount to him. I didn’t actually comprehend what a vital piece of my DNA it was until I begun making the film. What’s more, I said, Goodness, stand by a moment. He’s not only an incredible entertainer. He’s not only an extraordinary chief and maker. He’s essential for my DNA of how I characterize masculinity.”

“His insight, his mental fortitude, his ethical respectability. I might you at any point know, I can utilize each of the ten fingers,” he proceeded. “My father and Sidney Poitier is who I estimated myself against. Whenever I get the chance to offer my appreciation and express gratefulness to how he helped me and every other person on this planet. Definitely, I’m in.”

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The noteworthy narrative, debuting on AppleTV+ on Friday, Sept. 23, highlights genuine meetings with Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Barbra Streisand and some more.

“Sidney” will likewise respect Poitier and his inheritance as an entertainer, producer and extremist at the focal point of Hollywood and the Social liberties Development, and for Winfrey, it was significant for both her and Hudlin to safeguard his story.

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“I consider it a proposing to the world,” she said of the film. “I figure you will be honored by the watching of this film. You will be motivated. You will be ameliorated.”

Following Poiter’s passing toward the start of 2022, Winfrey knew that getting this narrative right would have been an “considerably more extraordinary activity.”

“I was likewise extremely glad that I had proactively done my piece of the meeting and that we were nearly completed in light of the fact that it would have been a totally different sort of interview discussing him in the past tense, then in the now when he was still especially alive,” she uncovered.

In spite of the fact that Poitier hasn’t arrived to see the finished product of the narrative, Winfrey is certain that he would be glad for this smart piece of work.

“This is us memorializing him, praising him, regarding him in a way that has not been done freely. Also, I know, you know, he would adore the film that you have now finished,” said Winfrey.





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