Cicely Tyson
Nelson Makamo and Cicely Tyson. Greyscale illustration of black child in red glasses behind black text reading "TIME" and white text; Black woman in red outfit in front of red background and red text that spells "TIME" and white text

Ava DuVernay Guest-Edits TIME's Optimism Issue

“The national headlines were what we’ve come to expect: bigotry, poverty, injustice, trauma, trouble. I weighed my own feelings of despair and doubt against the idea of reveling in an experience dedicated to optimism. The choice was easy.”

Cicely Tyson. Black woman with black hair in silver outfit and light grey gloves holds gold Oscar statue in front of black woman in green outfit and man in black and white tuxedo and purple and brown screens

Watch Cecily Tyson Accept Honorary Oscar

The 93-year-old Hollywood veteran reflected on her decades of work in the entertainment industry while accepting a special gold statue at the 10th Annual Governors Awards.