Veteran actress Cicely Tyson gets an Oscar

“Choosing the honorees for its awards each year is the happiest of all the Board of Governors’ work,” said Academy President John Bailey.

Medal of Freedom presentation, Washington DC, USA - 22 Nov 2016

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted Tuesday night  to present an Honorary Award to actress Cicely Tyson and several others with Oscar statuettes.

Tyson, an acting veteran who began her career as a model and a theater actress received an Academy Award nomination for her leading performance in “Sounder” back in 1973. Her other notable film credits include “The River Niger,” “Fried Green Tomatoes,” “Diary of a Mad Black Woman,” “The Help,” “Alex Cross” and “Last Flag Flying.”

Publicist Marvin Levy, composer Lalo Schifrin and producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall will also receive honorary awards which will be presented at the Academy’s 10th Annual Governors Awards on Sunday, November 18, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center.

Levy, who began his career in publicity working for MGM in New York City before joining Columbia Pictures in Hollywood has worked on publicity campaigns for such films as “E.T. The Extra Terrestrial,” “Back to the Future,” “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” “Schindler’s List,” “Saving Private Ryan,” “American Beauty,” “Gladiator” and “Lincoln.” Levy is the first publicist to receive an honorary Oscar while Argentinian  composer Schifrin has written scores for more than 100 films, including “The Cincinnati Kid,” “Bullitt,” “Dirty Harry,” “Enter the Dragon” and “Rush Hour.” The Kennedy/Marshall producing partnership, formed in 1991, has generated Best Picture nominations for “The Sixth Sense” (1999), “Seabiscuit” (2003), “Munich” (2005) and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (2008). Kennedy/Marshall Company productions also include “Congo,” all five “Bourne” films, and “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.”

“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 with universal acclaim by the Academy’s 54 spirited governors,” said Academy President John Bailey.

 

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