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Rod Liddle

I hate to admit it, but Spike Lee is right about the Oscars and racism

But then all the best actors are ignored, regardless of race. The Academy Awards committee prefers third-rate ones

23 January 2016

9:00 AM

23 January 2016

9:00 AM

In 2017 it will be exactly 50 years since a dapper Sidney Poitier announced to Rod Steiger, in the excellent film In The Heat of the Night: ‘They call me Mr Tibbs!’ Rod Steiger, playing a somewhat right-of-centre sheriff of a small town in Mississippi had hitherto been disposed to refer to Poitier — a senior policeman on his way home to Philadelphia — as ‘boy’, if you recall.

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