Cicely Tyson will finally secure an Oscar this year. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Tuesday (Sept. 4), that the 93-year old actress would be one of the three recipients of 2019’s honorary class. Not only will this be Tyson’s first Oscar win — she was nominated in 1973 for her role in Sounder — she will also make Oscar history as the first black woman to receive an Honorary Award (and fourth black person overall), PEOPLE reports.
In a statement, Academy President John Bailey said, “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.”
Tyson grew up in Harlem, the daughter of Caribbean immigrants, and kicked off her career in the entertainment industry with a brief stint as a fashion model after being discovered by a photographer from Ebony magazine. She eventually made the transition to acting and would soon touch off a wave of success in that field with projects like Roots, Fried Green Tomatoes, and The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.
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SOURCE: Vibe – Khaaliq Crowder