Spike Lee, Gena Rowlands and Debbie Reynolds will be honored Nov. 14. All three will receive Oscar statuettes. This is the honorary Academy Awards — the 7th Annual Governors Awards, an untelevised, dinner event put on by the Academy to bestow its testimonial awards.
Spike Lee, Gena Rowlands and Debbie Reynolds will be honored Saturday night. All three will receive Oscar statuettes. This is the honorary Academy Awards — the 7th Annual Governors Awards, an untelevised, dinner event put on by the Academy to bestow its testimonial awards.
Reynolds, however, will not be present at the ceremony.
She will miss the ceremony because of "an unexpectedly long recovery from a recent surgery," Associated Press reported Nov. 13.
"I'm heartbroken that I'm unable to be there in person to receive this extraordinary honor you have given me — so you could see how unbelievably happy you have made me," Reynolds said in the statement.
Associated Press also reported Saturday security at the event will likely be increased in the wake of the Paris terror attacks.
Expected in attendance: Meryl Streep, Idris Elba, Cate Blanchett, Bryan Cranston, Jane Fonda, Samuel L. Jackson, Amy Schumer, Ava DuVernay and Quentin Tarantino.
The Board of Governors of the Academy voted Aug. 25 to present Honorary Awards to writer-director Lee and actress Rowlands, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to actress-singer-dancer Reynolds.
More intimate and slower-paced than the big ceremony in February, the Governors Awards honors no more than four industry professionals and allows for lengthly video tributes, along with casual toasting and introductions by closely-connected friends and colleagues of honorees.
Here are the honorees’ biographies provided by the Academy:
The Honorary Award, an Oscar statuette, is given to an individual for “extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy.”
The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, an Oscar statuette, is given to an individual whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the motion picture industry.
Last year, Honorary Awards went to screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière, director Hayao Miyazaki and actress Maureen O’Hara, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to actor and singer Harry Belafonte.
Watch videos here from the Academy's YouTube channel:
In 2013, Honorary Awards went to Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin and Piero Tosi. Angelina Jolie received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
Watch the acceptance speeches below. Tosi was unable to make the trip from Italy.
In 2012, at the 4th Governors Awards, held later than normal, on Dec. 1, recognized Hollywood stuntman Hal Needham, along with documentarian D.A. Pennebaker and filmmaker-arts advocate George Stevens, Jr., with Honorary Awards. DreamWorks Animation chief and philanthropist Jeffrey Katzenberg received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. Each received Oscar statuettes.
One of the best speeches of the night by George Stevens, Jr.:
At the 3rd Governors Awards, Honorary Awards were presented to actor James Earl Jones and makeup artist Dick Smith (pictured) and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award went to philanthropist Oprah Winfrey.
At the 2nd Governors Awards, held Nov. 13, 2010, producer-director Francis Ford Coppola received the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award and Honorary Awards (pictured below) went to historian and preservationist Kevin Brownlow, director Jean-Luc Godard and actor Eli Wallach.
Honorees at the inaugural Governors Awards, held Nov. 14, 2009, were producer-executive John Calley (Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award) actress Lauren Bacall, producer-director Roger Corman and cinematographer Gordon Willis. The latter three received Honorary Awards.
Other previous recipients were Jerry Lewis (Hersholt Award) at the 81st Academy Awards in February 2009, Robert Boyle (Honorary Award) at the 80th Academy Awards in February 2008 and Dino De Laurentiis (Thalberg Award) at the 73rd Academy Awards in March 2001.
The Board of Governors of the Academy voted in June 2009 to establish the Governors Awards, an annual event dedicated to presenting its testimonial awards – the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and the Honorary Award. Honorees are selected and announced in September and presented their awards in November. They are also acknowledged at the following Academy Awards ceremony.
Lynn formed Mockingbird Pictures in 1999, with Curtis joining as a partner in 2011. They have produced five films together, including Oscar nominees “Albert Nobbs.” Working with the Academy before, Lynn has served as producer of the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Awards Presentation & Live Read. Prior to joining Mockingbird in 2011, Curtis spent 15 years with Steven Spielberg at Amblin and DreamWorks, producing such films as “Minority Report” and “A.I. Artificial Intelligence,” as well as co-producing “Saving Private Ryan.”
Last year's producer, Reginald Hudlin, will be co-producing next year's Oscars with David Hill. Other past producers for the Governors Awards have included Paula Wagner, Don Mischer, Charlie Haykel, Juliane Hare. writer-director Phil Robinson, former Academy president Sid Ganis and Academy Award-winning producer Bruce Cohen, who went on to co-produce the 83rd Academy Awards telecast.
Live coverage of the ceremony Saturday is available via the Academy’s Twitter account. The Gold Knight will recap the night Sunday. More information about the Governors Awards can be found on the Academy website.
Read a recap past years: 6th Annual, 5th Annual, 4th Annual, 3rd Annual, 2nd Annual.
The 88th Academy Awards, for outstanding film achievements of 2015, will be presented on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and will be televised live on ABC and in more than 225 countries worldwide.