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.
Cicely Tyson takes the stage to resounding applause, tears in the eyes of @shondarhimes and @tylerperry and @ava to receive a very long overdue Oscar. “When I heard the news, all I did was cry, and cry and cry,” said Tyson. #GovernorsAwards pic.twitter.com/CJTJyn4F38— Nicole Sperling (@nicsperling) November 19, 2018
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!
The #GovernorsAwards are the place where you’re talking to Gillian Flynn, Elizabeth Debicki, and Susanne Bier, and Steve McQueen walks up and says, “Let’s do Oprah.” (And that’s the back of @Lin_Manuel.) pic.twitter.com/mZlOL9KMww— Adam B. Vary (@adambvary) November 19, 2018
This is THE table at the Governors Awards pic.twitter.com/1fV2hNUlGW— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) November 19, 2018
❤️🙌🏽RepostBy @oprah:— AvaDuVernay Fans (@avaduvernayfans) November 19, 2018
"Here at the Academy Governor’s Awards celebrating Royalty! Ms.Cicely Tyson’s getting a long overdue Oscar! And yes that IS THe Anita Hill standing behind chair!" #GovernorsAwards pic.twitter.com/PawivxaXoN