Legendary actress, Cicely Tyson, 93, received an Honorary Oscar in Hollywood on Sunday night at the The Academy’s 10th annual Governors Awards.
Just shy away of her 94th birthday, she makes history to become the first black woman to receive this accolade. She attended the event in a silver metallic dress with shiny gloes and chin length hair.
Quincy Jones, Tyler Perry and Ava DuVernay presented her with this award. “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,” Jones said while DuVernay cited Tyson for being “the seed for so many of us, the rose that we adore.”
Tyson has starred in projects like Diary of Mad Black Woman, Fried Green Tomatoes, The Help, and was previously nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role at the 1973 Academy Awards for her work in Sounder.