WATCH: After Receiving the News Of Her Honorary Oscar, Cicely Tyson Says, “All I Could Do Was Cry, And Cry, And Cry”

by Brianna Moné Williams

November 19, 2018

Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Cicely Tyson is still killing the game at 93 years old. On Sunday, at the 2018 Governors Awards, she became the first ever Black woman to receive an honorary Oscar. And it’s about time!

The actress has delivered time and time again in some of our favorite movies, like Diary of a Mad Black WomanThe Help, Roots, A Lesson Before Dying, and so many other worth seeing movies. To date, Cicely has won two Emmys, a Tony and a Presidential Medal of Freedom.

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 4: (L-R) Cicely Tyson, Brandon Victor Dixon, Vanessa Williams and Bryan Terrell Clark attend HELP USA Heroes Awards Gala at the Garage on June 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

In her acceptance speech, she recalls before moving to Hollywood 45 years ago, stopping by a longtime friend’s house to share the news with him about her first big movie. He told her that she would be nominated for an Academy Award, and she laughed in response.

Tyson was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role for that movie at the 1973 Academy Awards for the movie Sounder.

Tyler Perry, who introduced Tyson at the Awards had such beautiful words for her and about the part she’s played for African Americans on screen with her dynamic roles.

“African Americans hold Cicely in such high regard, she is a queen to us…she would only do roles that served us.”

Quincy Jones, Oprah and Ava DuVernay all paid tribute to the legend on her honorary Oscar.

Not only is Cicely finally getting the recognition she deserves, but the past two years have been amazing for the actress. She’s graced the cover of Elle and was honored at the Turner Classic Movies film festival with a hand and footprint ceremony.

During her speech, according to Vanity Fair, Cicely said, “I don’t know that I would cherish a better gift. This is the culmination of all those years of haves and have not.”

Watch the entire speech below:

This award was so well-deserved. Congratulations Cicely!

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