Not necessarily something to celebrate (given what happened that led to it), but I thought it was worth mentioning that, with the recent death of the great Ernest Borgnine on Sunday, Sidney Poitier became the oldest Best Actor Academy Award winner alive.
Borgnine, who was 95 when he died over the weekend, won his Best Actor Oscar in 1955 for his performance in the dramedy Marty – a film that did quite well at the Oscars that year, also winning the Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay.
Poitier, currently 85 years young, took home the Oscar for Best Actor in 1963 for his performance in the drama Lilies of the Field. It was a historic moment, as it was also the first time a black man had won a competitive Academy Award.
The film was nominated in 4 other categories that year, but didn’t win in any of them.
Borgnine died of renal failure on Sunday, July 8, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in LA, with his family by his side, according to the Associated Press. Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will remember the life and career of the actor with a 24-hour marathon of his films on Thursday, July 26.
An encouragement to cherish these legends of cinema’s past while they’re still alive, as we lose each one of them, with every passing year…