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You Cannot Convince Us That Cicely Tyson is Actually 93!

By Kayleigh Donaldson | Film | November 19, 2018 |

By Kayleigh Donaldson | Film | November 19, 2018 |


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At the 10th annual Governors Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences gave out this year’s lifetime achievement awards. The recipients of the Academy Honorary Award were publicist Marvin Levy, composer Lalo Schifrin, and actress Cicely Tyson, while the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award went to wife and husband producer team Kathleen Kennedy (also President of Lucasfilm) and Frank Marshall. It’s a weird night to have a notoriously expensive party given that California is on literal fire, but this is one of the few major events the industry hasn’t cancelled, and it was greatly scaled back compared to previous years.

Kennedy and Marshall have been megastars in the industry for decades thanks to their work with Steven Spielberg but their own company, Kennedy/Marshall, is responsible for films as varied as The Sixth Sense, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, and Lincoln. Kennedy is also a bona fide legend who makes sad men cry because apparently she’s ruining Star Wars by making it more profitable and relevant than ever. Spielberg introduced the pair by telling a story about the three of them being tight BFFs until the day he walked into his office and saw Kennedy making out with Marshall on his couch.

No offense to the other nominees, but this night was all about Cicely Tyson. She’s won three Emmys, a SAG and a Tony Award, but never the Oscar. She was nominated for Best Actress for the 1972 film Sounder, for which she won an array of critics awards, but not the big prize (that went to Liza Minnelli for Cabaret so you can’t be too mad). Her career has been incredible and it’s ridiculous she had to wait this long to get an Oscar, but damn if she didn’t look incredible. I know she’s in her early 90s but she is ageless. And stylish! She turns 94 next month and thanked the Academy for the early birthday present.

But the fun of the Governors Awards is in the schmoozing. It’s a hyper-exclusive event you pay through the nose to attend and it also has booze!




Kayleigh is a features writer for Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.



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