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Oprah Winfrey, Angela Bassett & Others To Present Honors At Black Movie Awards

October 10th, 2006 1:42pm EDT
Angela BassettOprah Winfrey, Kimberly Elise, Angela Bassett and Ruby Dee will be presenters at Film Life's "2006 Black Movie Awards A Celebration of Black Cinema: Past, Present and Future," airing Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT), on TNT.

The gala awards show, hosted by Tyler Perry, recognizes creative achievement by persons of African descent in feature-length motion pictures, both in front of and behind the camera, and honors outstanding films portraying the Black experience.

Winfrey will present the Distinguished Career Achievement Award to acclaimed actress Cicely Tyson, recognizing a career that includes such projects as The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, Roots and Madeas Family Reunion, as well as Sounder, for which she earned an Oscar nomination.

Elise will also pay tribute to Tyson. At the 2005 Black Movie Awards, Tyson presented Elise with the Rising Star Award. Tyson and Elise co-starred in the film Diary of a Mad Black Woman.

Dee will present the Ossie Davis Humanitarian Award to Spike Lee, recognizing among other things his work bringing to light the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina through his HBO documentary When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts. Dee and her late husband, Ossie Davis, co-starred in such Lee films as Do the Right Thing and Jungle Fever.

Bassett will present her Akeelah & the Bee co-star Laurence Fishburne with Excellence in Arts Award. Fishburne and Bassett are also nominees this year for their work in "Akeelah & the Bee."