Cicely Tyson, 93, winds back the clock in silver and black gown while accepting honorary Oscar

Mary Scott
Nov 20, 2018
06:21 P.M.
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Cicely Tyson blows our minds with not only her youthful looks but also her fashion sense and humility, as she receives an honorary Oscar.


You may know her from Alex Haley’s 1977 series “Roots” or as Ophelia Harkness in the currently-running “How To Get Away With Murder,” and this past Sunday, Tyson’s long and lustrous career was celebrated at the 10th Annual Governor's Awards.


Tyson arrived the Dolby Theater in a resplendent black-and-silver gown ensemble. She paired her floor-length metallic gown with shiny silver gloves, a black purse, and matching shoes.

A short black bob framed her lightly made-up face, and we couldn’t help wondering how the nonagenarian manages to have such glowing skin.

But beyond stunning audiences with her impeccable fashion sense and skincare routine, the “Hoodlum” actress also stirred hearts during her acceptance speech.


Tyson, who is now the first black woman to receive the Honorary Oscar, was helped to the stage by director Ava DuVernay. Despite all her accomplishments, most of Tyson’s speech was about other people.

She spoke about the time her late mother finally said “I am so proud of you” and described the significance of that statement:

“I think that if I had not heard those words from her, none of these would make a difference to me.”


Tyson also turns 94 next month, and she considers the Oscar recognition her best gift. “This is the culmination of all those years of haves and have-nots,” she declared, adding:

“I could not be here if it were not for you. If you had not stood beside me, around me, [and] underneath me.”

The star-studded audience included celebrities like DuVernay, Tyler Perry, and Quincy Jones who presented Tyson with the award. Other Hollywood heavyweights like Oprah Winfrey, Shonda Rhimes, and Lupita Nyong’o were also in attendance.


Jones, who introduced the acting legend, considered it an honor to announce the recognition:

“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.”

According to Daily Mail, the Honorary Oscar is handed out “to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy.”