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Cicely Tyson to receive honourary Oscar

After decades of providing Oscar-worthy performances, Cicely Tyson will finally be taking home her own golden statuette this year.
 
The 93 year-old actress, who received her first and only Oscar nod in the 70s, will be recognized this year by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
 
Tyson is the only actor to receive an honourary award this year, and the first black woman to ever receive one.
 
Although she has previously been denied recognition by the Academy, she did not go unrecognised throughout her career. 
 
Tyson has received a Tony Award, several Emmy Awards, and a Presidential Medal of Freedom for her performances in productions like Roots and The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.
 


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