Cicely Tyson, in a shimmering gown by designer B. Michael, stuns at the Governors Awards, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The Governors Awards, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, took place a few weeks ago — but it’s never too late to celebrate a legend and her fabulous gown. Cicely Tyson, now 93, received an honorary award at the ceremony in November; it’s the Oscars’ equivalent of a lifetime achievement award. Tyson was nominated for an Oscar for “Sounder,” back in 1973; before that year, only one black woman had ever been nominated in the lead-actress category (Dorothy Dandridge in 1954). Her distinguished screen career, which began on television in the early 1950s, continues to this day (she’s recently had a recurring role on “How to Get Away With Murder”). “This is the culmination of all those years of have and have-nots,” Tyson said, accepting her award with a moving speech. Her shimmering gown for the occasion came from a designer with whom she’s worked for many years: B. Michael, who started his career making hats on TV’s “Dynasty” in the ’80s. To make the intricately pieced ensemble — complete with train and a dramatic high collar — Michael chose vintage 1960s silk brocade from his private fabric collection. The result looks, appropriately, legendary.