Cicely Tyson Receives Her Honorary Oscar


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Cicely Tyson received her honorary Oscar at the 10th Annual Governors Awards gala on Sunday night (November 18) at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California.

Ava DuVernay had the honor of presenting the Queen with her long overdue Oscar.

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The director took to social media to share what it meant to her to present the living legend with her Oscar.

Not enough words to describe the enormity of last night in Hollywood at the #GovernorsAward. When Ms. Tyson asked if I’d present to her, I was floored.

She’s been a champion of mine since my very first film “I Will Follow.” I was beyond thrilled to hand her long-overdue Oscar. Something she has wanted for so long.



For my speech, I asked for one word to describe Ms. Tyson from many of us who adore her. Magnificent words flowed in.

Lupita Nyong’o – Vibrant
Taraji Henson – A treasure
Aunjanue Ellis – Unparalleled
Regina King – Authentic
Cynthia Erivo – Regal
Shonda Rhimes – Legendary
Anika Noni Rose – Our Gift
Gabrielle Union – Unapologetic
Amandla Steinberg – Groundbreaking
Gugu Mbatha Raw – Trailblazing
Kerry Washington – Divine
Viola Davis – Our Muse
Oprah Winfrey said without hesitation. “Noble. She is nobility personified.”

Ms. Tyson is all those things. She is everything. May God continue to bless her life. She turns 95 next month. What a Queen.

John Singleton also took to social media to share his happiness and celebrate Queen Cicely Tyson.



He wrote:

Ms. Cicely Tyson has an Oscar! Finally! An honor to see this woman receive her Oscar from the Academy’s board of Governors. Ms. Tyson always reminds me we first met when I was in film school at USC at event at Brock Peters facility in South Central.

I think I met Ivan Dixon and Rosalind Cash as well. I told her as a youth I was always in search of creative people to watch and learn so I could navigate this thing we call showbiz.

Love you Miss Tyson. Congrats to our Queen!

Congratulations indeed on an honor well-deserved and long overdue.


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