Cicely Tyson seems likes she has been acting for decades, but it's because she has been! The 93-year-old actress will finally be getting her first Oscar, as she is one of the recipients of this year's Honorary Awards. Tyson was nominated for an Oscar one time before, which was in 1973 for her performance in Sounder.
Besides Cicely being recognized, publicist Marvin Levy and composer Lalo Schifrin will also receive an honorary Oscar. Schifrin is a six-time nominee for films like The Amityville Horror and Cool Hand Luke. We will also see producing power duo Kathleen Kennedy, who also runs Lucasfilm, and Frank Marshall get the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Awards. The Governors Awards will be held on November 18.
In a statement from Academy President John Bailey, he said, “Choosing the honorees for its awards each year is the happiest of all the Board of Governors’ work. And this year, its selection of five iconic artists was made with universal acclaim by the Academy’s 54 spirited governors.”
Of the Honorary Award recipients, Tyson is the only performer in the group. Her acting career kicked off in 1957 (see, I said she's been acting for decades)! She got started in projects like Roots, Fried Green Tomatoes and The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. She has also inspired many other actors along those years, including Viola Davis, who she worked with on How to Get Away with Murder.
Of course, this is not the first award for Tyson over the years. She has also taken home a Tony, multiple Emmys and even earned a Presidential Medal of Freedom. Tyson will be making history at the Governors Awards, as she will become the first black woman to receive an Oscar in the honorary award category. Levy will become the first publicist to win this Oscar.Share: