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Plot, Details & Awards

Lilies of the Field

(1963)
PG In Theaters 02/16/1963 , 94min.
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Plot & Details

Sidney Poitier plays Homer Smith, an aimless ex-GI who takes a temporary handyman job at a Southwestern farm maintained by five German nuns. It is the cherished dream of the Mother Superior (Lilia Skala) to build a chapel (or, as she says, a "shapel"). She is convinced that the personable Homer has been sent from Above to help her realize her dream. He protests loudly and rudely, but she will not be dissuaded. How Homer accomplishes her goal, endears himself to the surrounding townsfolk, and avoids an arrest for a previous crime, comprises the heart of Lilies of the Field. The film, adapted by James Poe from a novel by William E. Barrett, was later remade for television, and it won Poitier an Academy Award for Best Actor, the first time that award was given to an African-American.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1963 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Black and White Cinematography Ernest Haller Nominated
1963 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actress Lilia Skala Nominated
1963 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Ralph Nelson Nominated
1963 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay James Poe Nominated
1963 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actor Sidney Poitier Won

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1963 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Sidney Poitier Won
1963 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama Nominated
1963 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Lilia Skala Nominated
1963 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Motion Picture Promoting International Understanding Won

Berlin International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1963 Berlin International Film Festival Silver Bear for Best Actor Sidney Poitier Won

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1963 Directors Guild of America Best Director Ralph Nelson Nominated

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1963 National Board of Review Best Picture Nominated

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