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Cicely Tyson to Receive ‘Sidney Poitier Award’ at BIFF Fest

Cicely Tyson
Cicely Tyson speaks during the I Have A Dream Foundation “Spirit of the Dream” Gala at Gotham Hall Cicely Tyson on June 9, 2015 in New York City.
(June 8, 2015 – Source: Cindy Ord/Getty Images North America

*Award-winning actress Cicely Tyson will receive the first-ever Sir Sidney Poitier Tribute Award at the Bahamas International Film Festival, at a ceremony taking place later this month. The honor is in recognition of Tyson’s “voice and presence in the arts for decades,” Jet magazine reports.

“Cicely Tyson is an immensely gracious and beautiful woman, an extraordinary actress who has broken barriers in film and in her theatrical performances. Mrs. Tyson is also known to be an advocate for Civil Rights and the basic of human kindness. She is the governess of acting and a true role model for all men and women of color. She has broken ceilings and paved the way for excellence and it is an incredible honor to have Cicely Tyson to receive the 1st Sir Sidney Poitier Tribute Award at the Bahamas International Film Festival,” said BIFF Founder and Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool.. “We’re honored to recognize her amazing career on this special evening.”

Sir Poitier has agreed to the naming of the prestigious Career Achievement Award, and Tyson will be in attendance to receive the trophy. She will also sit down for a Q&A with writer Patty Roker.

“I am honoured to be receiving the first Sir Sidney Poitier Tribute Award,” Tyson says. “This award, in recognition of my dear friend and colleague, delights my heart; both Sydney and I have always tried to use our career to not only entertain, and enlighten, but to educate as well. The Bahamas International Film Festival has become a very important avenue to highlight the work of film, filmmakers and artist.”

During her career, Tyson has been nominated for numerous international awards, including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA. She was nominated for twelve Primetime Emmy Awards – winning three. She has also won a Tony Award, Outer Critics Award, and Drama Desk Award for Best Actress in a Play for her Broadway performance in “The Trip to Bountiful.”

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