After decades of memorable roles, Cicely Tyson is finally set to receive an Oscar. An award many believe is long overdue.
The news was announced by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
At 93-years-old Tyson will become the first Black Woman to be an honorary recipient of the award, and is just one of five recipients this year.
Choosing the honorees for its awards each year is the happiest of all the Board of Governors’ work,” Academy President John Bailey said in a statement. “And this year, its selection of five iconic artists was made with universal acclaim by the Academy’s 54 spirited governors.”
Tyson has made a mark in the industry since 1957 with roles in films and shows like Roots, Fried Green Tomatoes, and The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. This far, Tyson has reviewed a multitude of honors include a Tony, multiple Emmys, and a Presidential Medal of Freedom during the Obama administration. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Tyson was nominated for an Academy Award for her role on ”Sounder” in 1972, but did not win. Now, she will be able to check the Oscar’s from her list of accomplishments.
Congrats to Cicely Tyson!