Sidney Poitier's Moving Message To Oprah Winfrey Leaves The Media Mogul In Tears

Date January 14, 2020

Sidney Poitier and Oprah Winfrey are inspirational people in different ways. And it's a beautiful thing to learn that they both inspire each other.

While receiving the Cecil B. de Mille Award at Golden Globes for her lifetime achievements, Oprah Winfrey revealed that actor Sidney Poitier shaped her mind when she was only 10 years old.

The year was 1964 and Anne Bancroft had just announced the winner for the best actor at the Oscars as Sidney Poitier. It was fascinating for Oprah to see a black man being celebrated this way and it was a moment that was marked forever in her life.

Watching Sidney's win inspired Oprah in a massive way and gave her the incredible idea that anything is possible regardless of the color of her skin.

Sidney Poitier's beautiful message to Oprah

Many years later, at which time Oprah has already made her name as one of the most influential TV personalities, she got to interview her idol only to later learn that he idolized her as well.

During the 20th Anniversary special of "The Oprah Show" in 2005, Oprah was sharing how insecure she felt about interviewing Sidney and she had no clue that the actor was walking up behind her.

Her look of shock while standing there on the stage, then turning around to see the great Sidney walking towards her was priceless. But that wasn't the end of the surprise.

Sidney then proceeded to read out some beautiful words dedicated to the media mogul. He described her as a "genius" and praised her for being such a "vibrant" part of the media industry.

The TV host couldn't keep the tears from falling as she heard the famous actor read out these poignant words. The powerful moment was captured in this video below.

People were touched

It wasn't just Oprah who was shedding tears at Sidney's words. The message was so powerful that fans and audiences alike were moved too.

@Gretchen Michelle commented:

Now, that made me cry a little bit!

@MusicJunkie 75 felt the same.

I am literally tearing up as I am listening too this man speak.

@Ms. Nelle praised the actor.

This man is such an eloquent speaker. He is a LEGEND in his own right. Oprah Winfrey is in a league of her very own. I believe she still doesn't fully understand what she did for women and people of color and THATS why her legacy is something to be cherished.

@angelou2812 said:

This was such a sacred and special moment.

@Amelia Chapman wrote:

She is one of the great gifts to the "regular people" of the last century - Thank you for saying it so beautifully Sidney. praised the TV personality:

Thank you Oprah...Sidney is absolutely have touched millions of people’s heart....i am one of them.....may the road ahead be as beautiful n kind as you are...

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Oprah Winfrey truly is proof that you can keep doing what you're doing without having any clue just how much you're impacting others. The media mogul remains a star and a beacon of motivation in the eyes of young men and women everywhere who dare to dream.

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