By ANNA SHEFFER via https://hellogiggles.com
Even though the Academy Awards have been around for more than 90 years, they still have a long way to go when it comes to diversity. After being called out with #OscarsSoWhite in recent years, the powers that be seem like they’ve finally started to listen. This year, legendary actress Cicely Tyson will become the first black woman to win an honorary Oscar.
People reported yesterday, September 6th, that the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had announced the 93-year-old as one of this year’s honorary Oscar winners; she will be honored at the Governors Awards on November 18th. She is the only actor to receive an honorary award this year.
Tyson’s legendary acting career spans five decades. She made her feature film debut in 1968’s The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, and has since appeared in movies including The Help, Fried Green Tomatoes, and The River Niger. While her role in 1973’s Sounder earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress, she lost and has …