Tonight, Tyler Perry is set to receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at tonight’s 93rd Oscars.
The writer, director, actor and studio owner has long been a chameleon on screen, transforming from his six-foot-five-inch frame into some of his iconic characters. Most famously, he is the writer, director and actor behind the Madea franchise, starring as the woman herself.
The 51-year-old recently shared that he has put a renewed focus on his body, posting a sneak peek of his fitness journey on his Instagram account.
“This is what a midlife crisis looks like,” he wrote in the caption of a December 2020 post. “I’m 51, single and wondering what the next chapter in my life will look like. Whatever it looks like, I’m going to walk with God, be the best father and man I can be, hold my head up high, and try to look my best doing it!!”
He continued, “In a world with so much sadness, please try and stay in the good!”
Perry was formerly with Gelila Bekele, who he shares son Aman Tyler Perry.
Here’s what you need to know:
Perry Will Receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the 2021 Oscars
Perry will be awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award tonight, alongside the Motion Picture & Television Fund also being honored.
The statuette goes to an “individual in the motion picture industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry.”
According to the Academy of Motion Pictures, the Tyler Perry Studios owner was announced as the honoree for his commitment to “addressing economic distress caused by the pandemic, racial reckoning and homelessness in his community.”
David Rubin, the President of the Academy of Motion Pictures, said, “Tyler’s cultural influence extends far beyond his work as a filmmaker. He has quietly and steadily focused on humanitarian and social justice causes from the beginning of his career, caring for people who are most often ignored.”
Perry Has Worked to Vaccinate His Studio Employees
Perry received his vaccine in January, working diligently to get others in his studio vaccinated.
While Entertainment Tonight reported the vaccine was not required, he worked with the Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta to vaccinate the Tyler Perry Studios’ employees who had yet to receive it.
He covered the “logistical costs of the vaccination site, while Grady staff administered the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine to over 250 people last Saturday.”
He has since ended the quarantine bubble, but will maintain safety protocol.
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