I actually sat and watched all 25 previous James Bond movies (yes, counting Sean Connery’s Never Say Never Again) during the first month of “lockdown” in April of 2020. So when I give my usual “this list will not be your list” disclaimer, I should also note that this list won’t necessarily be the list I […]
95 Years Old Hollywood Legend “Cicely Tyson” Receives Peabody Award for Lifetime Achievement
The Peabody Awards have selected Cicely Tyson, renowned for her work on stage, screen, and television, as the recipient of a Career Achievement Award. The honor is reserved for individuals whose work and commitment to broadcasting and digital media have left an indelible mark on the field and in American culture.
With a critically acclaimed career that spans over 70 years in American broadcast television, Tyson has been a foundational figure in the advancement of meaningful programming and social change through her performances, transforming how African Americans are considered on and off screen.
Tyson was a regular presence during television’s nascent Golden Age appearing in 23 different TV series from 1951-1970 including Mission Impossible, I Spy, and Gunsmoke. Her film work includes Fried Green Tomatoes, Idlewild, and Last Flag Flying. On Broadway, she has performed in works like The Gin Game, The Trip to Bountiful, and The Corn Is Green. She has also played notable real-life figures like Coretta Scott King and Harriet Tubman in landmark television programs. Tyson has won an honorary Academy Award, three Emmys, and a Tony. Beyond these performance accolades, she is also seen as an early champion of advancing positive representation for Black women on screen
In a video produced for the Peabody awards, Oprah Winfrey had this to say to Tyson about her large influence:
Cicely Tyson, throughout your incomparable career, you’ve chosen to bring to light women of hope, determination, of grit and grace, because that is who you are. Your integrity is impeccable. So I thank you for not just paving the way for me and every other Black woman who dared to have a career in entertainment, but being the way. Standing for the truth in your art in all ways. And allowing us to be lifted by the light of your illustrious life.
And Viola Davis, who plays Tyson’s daughter in the leading role on How to Get Away with Murder, said this:
You have made it possible for girls like me, even girls who are not girls of color, but especially Black girls, you’ve allowed us to be seen. And you’ve allowed us to feel worthy.