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After 60 Years In The Industry, Cicely Tyson Finally Won Her First Oscar

We stan a living legend.

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Last night was the Governors Awards, AKA, the Honorary Oscars. People gathered to stunt their work and flex their looks. BUT, most importantly, IMO, Cicely Tyson won the most honorable Governors Award.

The Governors Award is given to Motion Picture legends each year who ~somehow~ have gone their entire careers without winning an Academy Award.
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The Governors Award is given to Motion Picture legends each year who ~somehow~ have gone their entire careers without winning an Academy Award.

Tyson is the first African American woman to win this award, and, honestly, she deserves every carat of gold in that statue.

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Tyler Perry, when he introduced her for this esteemed statue, stated, “African Americans hold Cicely in such high regard, she is a queen to us … she would only do roles that served us.”

Throughout her over SIX-DECADE LONG CAREER, Queen Cecily won three Emmy awards, a Tony award, and was nominated for an Oscar in 1972's Sounder.

NOT TO MENTION, she deserves all the fashion awards because Madame Tyson SLAYS. EVERY. LOOK.
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NOT TO MENTION, she deserves all the fashion awards because Madame Tyson SLAYS. EVERY. LOOK.

Tyson was met with a standing ovation – which, should be a given – and moved the crowd with her beautiful speech.

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She honored her friend, Arthur Mitchell, who escorted Tyson to her first Oscars back in 1973, and who passed away before he could escort her to finally accept the award he knew she was destined to win.

I'm not crying, you're crying!
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I'm not crying, you're crying!

She also honored Oprah, who was in the audience, in the most simple, yet beautiful way.

I LOVE EMPOWERING FEMALE FRIENDSHIPS!
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I LOVE EMPOWERING FEMALE FRIENDSHIPS!

And lastly, she honored herself BECAUSE SHE FRIGGIN' DESERVES IT!

Like, is there anyone more deserving of this award than Cicely Tyson???
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Like, is there anyone more deserving of this award than Cicely Tyson???

TBH it was beautiful seeing this influential icon receive the recognition she deserves. She paved the way for so many black women and men, and the industry wouldn't be what it is without her.

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So, hats off to you, Madame Tyson! Though this award is as honorable as it gets, you deserve so much more!!

Now, let's get this woman a Grammy so she can become an EGOT winner!
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Now, let's get this woman a Grammy so she can become an EGOT winner!

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