Stage and screen actress Cicely Tyson, 93, has been wowing audiences for over 50 years, and will soon be awarded an Oscar for her talent and longevity.
Playbill reports Tyson will receive an honorary Academy Award during the 10th annual Governors Awards on November 18. She will be recognized alongside publicist Marvin Levy and composer Lalo Schifrin.
“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.”
Although this will be the veteran thespian’s first Oscar, she’s won multiple awards over the span of her career. In 1974, she won two Emmys for The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. Tyson also received a Tony in 2013 for The Trip to Bountiful.
She will be the first Black woman to receive an Oscar in the honorary award category.
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