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 Woman, The 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.
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.
“Her work, grace, dignity, class, humility and profound professionalism firmly placed her on the pedestal of Hollywood royalty, and now, at long last, I could not be more honored to say that tonight, Cicely Tyson receives her more than well-deserved Oscar.” –@QuincyDJones