Cicely Tyson
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Cicely Tyson

Big Noise's Al Gomes served as Chairman of the RI International Film Festival's Lifetime Achievement Award Committee in the selection of Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Cicely Tyson for the 2006 honor.

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In 1972, Cicely Tyson was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the critically acclaimed 'Sounder.' In 1974, she won two Emmy Awards for 'The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.' Other acclaimed television roles included 'Roots', 'King', in which she portrayed Coretta Scott King, 'The Marva Collins Story,' 'When No One Would Listen' and 'Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All' for which she received her third Emmy Award.

In her 1994-1995 television series 'Sweet Justice,' Tyson portrayed a feisty, unorthodox Southern attorney named Carrie Grace Battle, a character she shaped by consulting with and shadowing the legendary Washington, DC civil rights and criminal defense lawyer Dovey Johnson Roundtree. In 2005, Tyson co-starred in the movies 'Because of Winn-Dixie' and 'Diary of a Mad Black Woman,' for which she won the NAACP Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture. The same year she was honored by Oprah Winfrey at her 'Legends Ball.'

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