Cicely Tyson Makes History As First Black Woman To Receive Honorary Oscar

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced earlier this month that Cicely Tyson has been chosen as a recipient of an honorary Oscar award. The 93-year old legendary actress will make history as the first black woman to receive an honorary Oscar, according to PEOPLE. This will make Cicely the fourth black person overall to receive this award.

In 1973, Cicely Tyson was nominated for her leading performance in Sounder. Throughout her career, she has won a Tony award, two Emmys, and a Presidential Medal of Freedom.

In a statement, Academy President John Bailey says, “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 universal acclaim by the Academy’s 54 spirited governors.”

Producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, Argentinian composer Lalo Schifrin, and publicist Marvin Levy will also receive honorary Oscars. The awards will be presented at the 10th annual Governors Awards on Nov. 18.

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