Nichelle Nichols Honored With Comic-Con Lifetime Achievement Award

Nichelle Nichols Honored With Comic-Con Lifetime Achievement Award
28 Jul

One of the Star Trek highlights of San Diego Comic-Con came during the panel for the upcoming documentary From The Bridge (see TrekMovie preview). The panel featured original Uhura actress Nichelle Nichols, who was surprised when it was announced she would be receiving Comic-Con’s InkPot Award.

Nichelle Nichols on the From The Bridge panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2018 with Tom DeSanto, Kerry O’Quinn, Spencer F. Lee, and Rod Roddenberry

Nichols picks up Inkpot Award at her last SDCC

Comic-Con International’s Inkpot Awards were established in 1974 and are given to individuals for their contributions to the worlds of comics, science fiction/fantasy, film, television, animation, and fandom services. A couple of dozen are awarded each year, with Nichelle Nichols being one of the recipients for 2018.

Nichols was honored this year in part because she has announced this will be her last appearance at San Diego Comic-Con. The Inkpot award for Nichols was in the film and television category. It was presented to Nichols by Comic-Con programming assistant director Tommy Goldbach, who noted the award was honoring Nichols for more than just her work as an actress, saying:

Not only did Nichelle Nichols inspire generations of young women with her groundbreaking portrayal of Lt. Uhura in Star Trek, but her work as an activist for space travel helped women and minorities pursue careers as astronauts and revolutionize US spaceflight.

Nichelle Nichols at San Diego Comic-Con 2018 with her InkPot Award

Before this year, the only actor from the original Star Trek to receive an Inkpot award was Walter Koenig. More information on the Inkpot Awards can be found at

Nichols talks about why she likes to go to Comic-Con

Before her appearance at SDCC, Nichols did a local TV interview with San Diego’s CBS Channel 8. She talked about Martin Luther King, From the Bridge and why she liked to interact with the fans at Comic-Con. She also briefly discussed an upcoming project she is working on called Noah’s Room, but didn’t provide any details.

 From The Bridge

Nichols was at SDCC for From the Bridge, an upcoming documentary about the evolution of fandom. She isn’t the only Star Trek connection as the film is hosted by Star Trek’s George Takei and it also features Star Trek: Discovery actor Doug Jones, and son of Gene Roddenberry, Rod Roddenberry.

Nichelle Nichols at Comic-Con 2018 From The Bridge panel

From the Bridge is set for a theatrical run in late summer 2018 and will be released on VOD, DVD, and Blu-ray in November.

For more info, visit the official site at

More from SDCC

We have more SDCC panel reports and interviews and more coming, so stay tuned. Click here to see all our SDCC 2018 coverage.



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