Cicely Tyson Finally Set To Receive Long Overdue Academy Award

September 7, 2018  |  

Cicely Tyson

HOLLYWOOD, CA – APRIL 27: Actress Cicely Tyson attends her Hand And Footprint Ceremony at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on April 27, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images)

Cicely Tyson is one of the most legendary actresses to ever grace the screen, but surprisingly she has never won the coveted Academy Award for her endless talents throughout her lengthy and highly-respected career. That all is about to change because according to reports, the Academy has finally decided to give her what she’s deserved for decades.

If you go back and look at Cicely Tyson’s resume, you will see a collection of performances that showcase just why she is one of the greatest talents of our time—and like many talented black actresses before and after her, she has never been recognized for her work through winning an Academy Award. Although, better late than never is a thing, we’re still in our feelings about this.

It has just been announced that the 93-year-old actress, who just recently wowed audiences with her moving speech at Aretha Franklin’s memorial service, will finally receive an Honorary Academy Award this November. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will give Tyson her Honorary Academy Award at the Governor’s Award ceremony on November 18. Other honorees will include Marvin Levy, Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall.

Tyson has only been previously nominated for an Academy Award only once, for her riveting performance in the 1973 film Sounder. Since this news just broke there has been no word about who will be on board to present her with her award, but it’s likely that any black actress in Hollywood would jump at the opportunity to honor her. We like the idea of Viola Davis being the one to present it to her, as they both work so well together as mother and daughter on the hit series How To Get Away With Murder and Davis is also an Academy Award winner for her performance in 2016’s Fences.

Congrats Ms. Tyson! Your decades of work onscreen have represented the best side of #BlackGirlMagic.

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