The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Governors Awards happened last night as the recipients of this year’s honorary Oscars were celebrated. This is one of the biggest events on the Oscar circuit – you’re literally in the Oscar ballroom, among Academy voters, with select press in attendance. Every film that’s in contention wants to be represented, wants to have a presence, wants the opportunity to get their campaign message out there … safely. Because, right now, as they’re still jockeying for position, it’s an easy opportunity to do the hustle on a night when it’s not supposed to be about them but about the legends of the industry.
One of those legends, Cicely Tyson, became the first black woman to receive an honorary Oscar. She is 93 years old and still as boss as ever. Quincy Jones and Ava DuVernay presented to her. Shonda Rhimes was there to support her. And Oprah Winfrey sat with her.
This is THE table at the Governors Awards pic.twitter.com/1fV2hNUlGW— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) November 19, 2018
I think Kathleen just started crying seeing this photo, overwhelmed by all the Black Girl Magic. Understandable. I had a similar moment seeing Team Crazy Rich Asians – that’s coming up later.
The Governors Awards are meant to recognize the Academy’s history and legacy in the presence of its present and future. Perhaps the youngest, if not the youngest, VIP guest last night was 15-year-old Elsie Fisher, the star of Eighth Grade, my pick so far for the Best Film of 2018. She was there with writer and director Bo Burnham. Eighth Grade is a contender. It might not be the most high-profile contender, but it’s one of the best reviewed films of the year. The movie is currently available on demand and if you haven’t seen it already, it’s really, really worth your time.
More coverage from the Governors Awards will be posted throughout the day on the main page and on the LifeStyle page.
Yours in gossip,