You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Poitier accepts lifetime award

California African American Museum fetes actor

“You all look fantastic! That means I haven’t gotten enough money out of you yet,” joked Charmaine Jefferson of the California African American Museum.

In addition to raising money for its Young Docent Internship Program, the museum was honoring Sidney Poitier with a lifetime achievement award at its Oct. 6 gala, billed as An Artful Evening at CAAM.

Poitier reminisced about his long career, noting that before taking any job, he considered the impact each of his characters would have on the image of African Americans. The crowd responded with hearty applause.

“Thank you for this most wonderful honor,” the actor said from the museum stage in L.A. “I’ll wear it well in the remembering of our forefathers, as they would expect me to do.”

A movie highlighting memorable moments from Poitier’s career culminated in a recalling of the first movie that he ever saw, a Western.

“It made me want to move to Hollywood,” said Poitier, “to be a cowboy.”

More Film

  • Timothee Chalamet, Armie Hammer Offering Oscar

    Timothee Chalamet, Armie Hammer Offering Oscar Sweepstakes For a Cause

    “You all look fantastic! That means I haven’t gotten enough money out of you yet,” joked Charmaine Jefferson of the California African American Museum. In addition to raising money for its Young Docent Internship Program, the museum was honoring Sidney Poitier with a lifetime achievement award at its Oct. 6 gala, billed as An Artful […]

  • Game Night review

    Box Office: 'Game Night' Edges 'Annihilation' With $1 Million Opening

    “You all look fantastic! That means I haven’t gotten enough money out of you yet,” joked Charmaine Jefferson of the California African American Museum. In addition to raising money for its Young Docent Internship Program, the museum was honoring Sidney Poitier with a lifetime achievement award at its Oct. 6 gala, billed as An Artful […]

  • Mary J Blige Walk of Fame

    Mary J. Blige, Common, Sufjan Stevens, More to Perform at Academy Awards

    “You all look fantastic! That means I haven’t gotten enough money out of you yet,” joked Charmaine Jefferson of the California African American Museum. In addition to raising money for its Young Docent Internship Program, the museum was honoring Sidney Poitier with a lifetime achievement award at its Oct. 6 gala, billed as An Artful […]

  • Bizzers Like "Sound" of South-South Co-Prods

    Bizzers Like "Sound" of South-South Co-Prods

    “You all look fantastic! That means I haven’t gotten enough money out of you yet,” joked Charmaine Jefferson of the California African American Museum. In addition to raising money for its Young Docent Internship Program, the museum was honoring Sidney Poitier with a lifetime achievement award at its Oct. 6 gala, billed as An Artful […]

  • Former IM Global Exec Stuart Ford's

    Former IM Global Exec Stuart Ford's New Venture to Focus on Content

    “You all look fantastic! That means I haven’t gotten enough money out of you yet,” joked Charmaine Jefferson of the California African American Museum. In addition to raising money for its Young Docent Internship Program, the museum was honoring Sidney Poitier with a lifetime achievement award at its Oct. 6 gala, billed as An Artful […]

  • 'Eldorado' Review: A Moving Essay on

    Berlin Film Review: 'Eldorado'

    “You all look fantastic! That means I haven’t gotten enough money out of you yet,” joked Charmaine Jefferson of the California African American Museum. In addition to raising money for its Young Docent Internship Program, the museum was honoring Sidney Poitier with a lifetime achievement award at its Oct. 6 gala, billed as An Artful […]

  • 'Museum' Review: Dazzling, Heartfelt Mexican Heist

    Berlin Film Review: 'Museum'

    “You all look fantastic! That means I haven’t gotten enough money out of you yet,” joked Charmaine Jefferson of the California African American Museum. In addition to raising money for its Young Docent Internship Program, the museum was honoring Sidney Poitier with a lifetime achievement award at its Oct. 6 gala, billed as An Artful […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content