by Janelle Okwodu– Vogue
Cecily Tyson has never shied away from statement-making style. At 93, the Hollywood legend continues to experiment with color, texture, and silhouette, turning her rare red carpet appearances into fashion moments thanks to a wardrobe created by American fashion designer B. Michael. At last night’s Governor Awards Tyson in Los Angeles, didn’t miss a beat. She arrived at the Dolby Ballroom ready to take home an honorary Academy award for a lifetime’s worth of achievement and to dazzle the crowd once more. In a long-sleeved silver gown detailed with stripes, Tyson looked phenomenal, delivering classic glamour thanks to her platinum opera gloves and chic bob.
The shape of Tyson’s gown echoed that of the one she wore back in 1973 when she was nominated for Best Actress. Only the third black woman to ever be nominated in the category, she didn’t go home with the statute, but her landmark nomination helped to open doors for the generations of talent who proceeded her. Many of those actors, directors, and personalities paid tribute to her impact at the ceremony with Tyler Perry, Oprah Winfrey, and Ava Duvernay all singing her praises. Resplendent in her shimmering metallic dress, Tyson appeared to be visibly touched by the outpouring of love, tearing up as she received her award and thanking her peers for their continued support during her six decades in the industry. “I could not be here if it were not for you,” she said to the packed house. “If you had not stood beside me, around me, [and] underneath me.”