Cicely Tyson Received Honorary Oscar
Cicely Tyson accepts her award onstage during the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 10th annual Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on November 18, 2018 in Hollywood, California – Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images North America.
Cicely Tyson received one of the honorary Oscars that were presented to icons of the film industry at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences annual gala at this year’s Governors Awards, according to senior editor Marc Malkin of the well known entertainment industry news magazine Variety. Publicist Marvin Levy, composer Lalo Schifrin, and producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall also received honorary Oscars.
Tyler Perry discussed the significance of Cicely Tyson within the African-American community. “She is a queen to us. We bow down to her,” he said. “It’s not just because she was very selective of the roles she chose over the years because she would only do roles that served us as African Americans. It’s not just because she’s an activist or a philanthropist, but it’s because she was such a great example, an amazing woman with a good heart and a good soul. And we honor her for just being who she is.”
Cicely Tyson, who was presented with her Oscar by Quincy Jones, gave an emotional speech, recalling how her mother was not one to offer compliments or words of encouragement. “Mom, I know you didn’t want me to do this, but I did and here it is” she said, raising her Oscar to the sky.
Cicely Tyson recalled that not long after receiving critical acclaim for her work in TV-movie adaptation of “The Autobiography of Jane Pittman” in 1974, she called her mother. “I said to her, ‘Well?’ and she said, ‘Well what?’” Tyson remembered. “I said, ‘You better tell me something.’ And she said, ‘I am so proud of you.’ And I think if I had not heard those words from her, none of this would make a difference to me.”
She capped up off her remarks by saying, “You know, next month on Dec. 19, I am going to be 94 years old, and I don’t know if I would cherish a better gift than this. This is the culmination of all those years of have and have-not.”