Honorary Oscar for Cicely Tyson, Irving G. Thalberg Award to producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall

Mission Impossible theme composer Lalo Schifrin and veteran publicist Marvin Levy have also been given the Honorary Oscar


                            Honorary Oscar for Cicely Tyson, Irving G. Thalberg Award to producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted to present the Honorary Oscar Awards to actress Cicely Tyson, composer Lalo Schifrin and veteran publicist Marvin Levy at the Academy's 10th annual Governors Awards, which is set to take place Nov. 18.

It also decided to give the  Irving G. Thalberg Award to Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall. The award, which was last given to Francis Ford Coppola in 2010,  is given to producers "whose body of work reflect a consistently high quality of motion picture production.”  

Tyson was nominated for an Academy Award as best lead actress in 1973's 'Sounder', has starred in many films such as 'The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter', 'Fried Green Tomatoes', Diary of a Mad Black Woman, was last seen at Aretha Franklin's funeral ceremonies in Detroit on Friday wearing an interesting hat.

A six-time Oscar nominee Schifrin was born and raised in Argentina and has written scores for more than 100 motion pictures and created the enduring 'Mission: Impossible' theme.

Levy,  the first publicist to be awarded an honorary award, has  worked on such films as 'The Deep' and 'Kramer vs. Kramer. He is also Steven Spielberg's long-time representative, having first worked with him on ' Close Encounters of the Third Kind'.  Recently he has also been involved in modern American cinema classics like 'Saving Private Ryan', 'American Beauty', 'Gladiator' and 'Lincoln'.

Kennedy and Marshall too have had long associations with Spielberg. Kennedy is the first woman recipient of the Thalberg Award.  Kennedy and Marshall are married to each other, and have their own production company, Kennedy/Marshall, which has been involved in movies such as 'The Sixth Sense', 'Munich' and 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'.

Academy president John Bailey said that choosing the honorees each year is the happiest of all the board of governors' work. The board of governors vote on the recipients.  "And this year, its selection of five iconic artists was made with universal acclaim by the Academy's 54 spirited governors," he announced.