Lily Tomlin made a big mark in Hollywood. She’s being recognized for it in an awesome way.

At 76 years old, Lily Tomlin has proven herself to be an acting and comedic badass who's been making audiences laugh — and cry — for decades.

She can play a clever, street-wise, independent woman as easily as she can play a vulnerable ex-wife who's just had her life turned upside down.


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The comedy icon has been bestowed with a lot of awards throughout the years, but now she's adding one more. It's a pretty big one: The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) is giving her the Lifetime Achievement Award in January 2017.

Here are eight reasons why Lily Tomlin totally deserves this latest recognition:

1. Her first film role earned her two award nominations, and she's been winning awards and nominations ever since.

Tomlin was nominated for both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe in 1975 for her performance as the mom of two deaf children who has an affair — Robert Altman's "Nashville."

GIF from "Nashville."

The year prior, she had won her first Emmy for her comedy special simply titled "Lily." She would later go on to win two Tonys, the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, a Kennedy Center Honor, and two Peabody Awards, among many others.

One of her latest accolades is a 2015 Golden Globe nomination for the titular character in "Grandma."

2. She refuses to let ageism in Hollywood get in her way.

Any comedian will tell you it's not always easy making people laugh. Female comedians will probably tell you it's even harder. And if you're an older female comedian? Sometimes it's like Hollywood doesn't even know what to do with you.

But Lily Tomlin is just that good. She's managed to keep us laughing and tuning in to her career for almost 50 years, no matter what Hollywood producers say about women.

Lily Tomlin in 1981 at the premiere of "Nine to Five." Photo by Keystone Features/Getty Images.

3. She's not afraid to play strong female characters, even if they might make us feel uncomfortable.

From her antics as a cold-as-a-cucumber secretary in 1980's "Nine to Five" to her latest bad-grandma role in the 2015 movie "Grandma," she's OK playing an unlikable character, as long as the story is worth telling.

GIF from "Grandma."

4. She cares about the work she does. To her, it's not just about being famous.

Lily has carved an impressive career out of bringing all types of characters to life. While they're not all necessarily likable, she has a way of making them feel human, like they're real people. From her nosy and all-too-familiar character Ernestine to playing hilariously outspoken 5-year-old Edith Ann (complete with the oversized outfit), she always makes each role memorable.

Lily Tomlin playing Edith Ann on "The Lilly Tomlin Show." Photo by ABC Television/Wikimedia Commons.

5. She's multitalented beyond her acting abilities, with many writing and producing credits to her name.

Since winning her first Emmy in 1974, she has starred in five more comedy specials she wrote and produced alongside her wife and longtime producing partner, Jane Wagner.

It's one thing to have the presence and charisma to hold an audience, but it's entirely another to have the talent and wit to write and produce the show as well. Lily and Jane seem to have found a winning formula and stuck to it — on and off the stage.

Jane Wagner and Lily Tomlin in 2001. Photo by Henry Ray Abrams/Getty Images.

6. She's an incredibly generous humanitarian who cares deeply about the LGBTQ community and animal rights.

Lily is known for her big heart. She works extensively to support the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). Lily herself is a proud member of the LGBTQ community, although she says she never felt the need to hold a press conference to either confirm or deny her sexual orientation. She and Jane have been together since 1971 and got married in 2013.

She also lends her time to animal causes, like this ad she did for PETA in April 2016 in which she reprised the role of Ernestine, one of her classic comedy characters.

Image via PETA/YouTube.

7. She says what's on her mind, especially when she sees injustice in the world.

In an interview with The Wrap, Tomlin told the story of a fancy dinner she attended where she was seated next to a wealthy architect. She was so frustrated by him that at one point she turned to him and asked: "Don’t you think we should try just a little bit harder to make the world a little bit better for just a few more people?”

Disappointingly, his answer was a simple "No."

Same. Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images.

8. She was the voice of Ms. Frizzle on "The Magic School Bus."

'Nuff said.

GIF from "The Magic School Bus."

Women as multifaceted as Lily Tomlin are a rare breed in Hollywood, and they should be celebrated more.

"She has an ability to create diverse and distinct characters that are at once familiar, eccentric, and oh so honest — in a way that illuminates life’s hidden corners," SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris said.

Cheers to SAG and to Tomlin for this awesome recognition of a woman who has managed to dance to the beat of her own drum while carving out a meaningful and impressive career along the way.

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Should a man lose his home because the grass in his yard grew higher than 10 inches? The city of Dunedin, Florida seems to think so.

According to the Institute of Justice, which is representing Jim Ficken, he had a very good reason for not mowing his lawn – and tried to rectify the situation as best he could.

In 2014, Jim's mom became ill and he visited her often in South Carolina to help her out. When he was away, his grass grew too long and he was cited by a code office; he cut the grass and wasn't fined.

France has started forcing supermarkets to donate food instead of throwing it away.

But several years later, this one infraction would come back to haunt him after he left to take care of him's mom's affairs after she died. The arrangements he made to have his grass cut fell through (his friend who he asked to help him out passed away unexpectedly) and that set off a chain reaction that may result in him losing his home.

The 69-year-old retiree now faces a $29,833.50 fine plus interest. Watch the video to find out just what Jim is having to deal with.

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The world officially loves Michelle Obama.

The former first lady has overtaken the number one spot in a poll of the world's most admired women. Conducted by online research firm YouGov, the study uses international polling tools to survey people in countries around the world about who they most admire.

In the men's category, Bill Gates took the top spot, followed by Barack Obama and Jackie Chan.

In the women's category, Michelle Obama came first, followed by Oprah Winfrey and Angelina Jolie. Obama pushed Jolie out of the number one spot she claimed last year.

Unsurprising, really, because what's not to love about Michelle Obama? She is smart, kind, funny, accomplished, a great dancer, a devoted wife and mother, and an all-around, genuinely good person.

She has remained dignified and strong in the face of rabid masses of so-called Americans who spent eight years and beyond insisting that she's a man disguised as a woman. She's endured non-stop racist memes and terrifying threats to her family. She has received far more than her fair share of cruelty, and always takes the high road. She's the one who coined, "When they go low, we go high," after all.

She came from humble beginnings and remains down to earth despite becoming a familiar face around the world. She's not much older than me, but I still want to be like Michelle Obama when I grow up.

Her memoir, Becoming, may end up being the best-selling memoir of all time, having already sold 10 million copies—a clear sign that people can't get enough Michelle, because there's no such thing as too much Michelle.

Don't like Michelle Obama? Don't care. Those of us who love her will fly our MO flags high and without apology, paying no mind to folks with cold, dead hearts who don't know a gem of a human being when they see one. There is nothing any hater can say or do to make us admire this undeniably admirable woman any less.

When it seems like the world has lost its mind—which is how it feels most days these days—I'm just going to keep coming back to this study as evidence that hope for humanity is not lost.

Here. Enjoy some real-life Michelle on Jimmy Kimmel. (GAH. WHY IS SHE SO CUTE AND AWESOME. I can't even handle it.)

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What will future generations never believe that we tolerated in 2019?

Dolphin and orca captivity, for sure. They'll probably shake their heads at how people died because they couldn't afford healthcare. And, they'll be completely mystified at the amount of food some people waste while others go starving.

According to Biological Diversity, "An estimated 40 percent of the food produced in the United States is wasted every year, costing households, businesses and farms about $218 billion annually."

There are so many things wrong with this.

First of all it's a waste of money for the households who throw out good food. Second, it's a waste of all of the resources that went into growing the food, including the animals who gave their lives for the meal. Third, there's something very wrong with throwing out food when one in eight Americans struggle with hunger.

Supermarkets are just as guilty of this unnecessary waste as consumers. About 10% of all food waste are supermarket products thrown out before they've reached their expiration date.

Three years ago, France took big steps to combat food waste by making a law that bans grocery stores from throwing away edible food.According to the new ordinance, stores can be fined for up to $4,500 for each infraction.

Previously, the French threw out 7.1 million tons of food. Sixty-seven percent of which was tossed by consumers, 15% by restaurants, and 11% by grocery stores.

This has created a network of over 5,000 charities that accept the food from supermarkets and donate them to charity. The law also struck down agreements between supermarkets and manufacturers that prohibited the stores from donating food to charities.

"There was one food manufacturer that was not authorized to donate the sandwiches it made for a particular supermarket brand. But now, we get 30,000 sandwiches a month from them — sandwiches that used to be thrown away," Jacques Bailet, head of the French network of food banks known as Banques Alimentaires, told NPR.

It's expected that similar laws may spread through Europe, but people are a lot less confident at it happening in the United States. The USDA believes that the biggest barrier to such a program would be cost to the charities and or supermarkets.

"The logistics of getting safe, wholesome, edible food from anywhere to people that can use it is really difficult," the organization said according to Gizmodo. "If you're having to set up a really expensive system to recover marginal amounts of food, that's not good for anybody."

Plus, the idea may seem a little too "socialist" for the average American's appetite.

"The French version is quite socialist, but I would say in a great way because you're providing a way where they [supermarkets] have to do the beneficial things not only for the environment, but from an ethical standpoint of getting healthy food to those who need it and minimizing some of the harmful greenhouse gas emissions that come when food ends up in a landfill," Jonathan Bloom, the author of American Wasteland, told NPR.

However, just because something may be socialist doesn't mean it's wrong. The greater wrong is the insane waste of money, damage to the environment, and devastation caused by hunger that can easily be avoided.

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