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Samantha Ofole-Prince


Legendary actress Cicely Tyson has been nominated for several accolades including an Academy Award for her role in the critically acclaimed movie "Sounder," but at the 2nd Black Movie Awards she finally received the top accolade taking home the Distinguished Career Achievement Award presented by Oprah Winfrey. Backstage, the actress told reporters, "I made a choice based on the fact that I could not allow myself the luxury of being an actress because there are a number of issues I felt needed to addressed and I used my career as my platform. I wasn’t sure from time to time if I had made the right choice and tonight was definitely a confirmation that I did."

The inspirational flick "Akeelah & the Bee" was named Outstanding Motion Picture of the Year nabbing a total of 4 awards with actors Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett both receiving supporting role accolades. Spike Lee was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award in Directing for his work on "Inside Man" and the Ossie Davis Humanitarian Award for the HBO documentary "When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts." Other top winners include Presley Chweneyagae, who received the Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role award for his performance in "Tsotsi" and Kriss Turner for Outstanding Achievement in Writing for the movie "Something New."

This annual event which recognizes creative achievement by persons of African descent and honors outstanding films portraying the Black experience was hosted by Tyler Perry and will air on TNT on Wednesday, October 18th, 2006 at 10:00 PM ET/PT.
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