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Monday 20 November 2017

Freeman: Poitier is my inspiration

Morgan Freeman has paid tribute to Sidney Poitier
Morgan Freeman has paid tribute to Sidney Poitier

Morgan Freeman has paid tribute to Oscar-winning actor Sidney Poitier, hailing him as his inspiration in life.

The 85-year-old star - who became the first black person to win an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Lilies of the Field in 1962 - has been honoured with a UCLA Icon Award, presented to him by The Dark Knight Rises star at a ceremony in Beverly Hills.

Morgan, 75, said: "I'm here because my dear fiend is receiving an honour for his life, his legacy and I'm here to share it with him.

"My inspiration? Bottom line - this guy right here. He's my mentor. He was a mentor long before he knew his position in my life.

"We get awards, we get notices, we get tributes and we all have to support each other when they come along. So if someone says 'They're going to give me this', I say, 'Okay I'm coming to stand up for you.'"

As the two Hollywood stars were asked who they would like to play them in a biopic of their lives, Sidney joked: "If I were given the opportunity to play Morgan?! I don't think I could come with the required excellence!"

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