Cicely Tyson
Cicely Tyson (Courtesy of NCNW)

Cicely Tyson took home an honorary Oscar on Sunday night at the 10th annual Governors Awards in Hollywood — an award that was 45 years in the making.

Tyson, who turns 94 next month, is the first Black woman to be awarded an honorary Oscar.

The Governors Awards were created to grant honorary Oscars to entertainment legends who had not yet won an Academy Award.

Director Ava DuVernay, who presented Tyson with her award, described the legendary actress as “the seed for so many of us, the rose that we adore.”

Tyson, who was first nominated for an Oscar for her role in the 1972 movie “Sounder,” has more than six decades in the industry. She remains active, having also won a Tony and three Emmys.

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