Friday, August 28, 2015

Academy Honors Debbie Reynolds, Spike Lee, and Gena Rowlands with Governor Awards

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its Governor Awards recipients, all of whom are definitely worthy of honor.

The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award this year goes to the legendary Debbie Reynolds. A recent SAG Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Reynolds is an Oscar nominee for her role in The Unsinkable Molly Brown. She is a legend of stage, screen, and film, with roles in projects such as Singin in the Rain, The Rat Race, How the West Was Won, The Debbie Reynolds Show, Three Little Words, Bundle of Joy, Mother, Will & Grace, Behind the Candelabra, Irene, and Woman of The Year (on Broadway). But her career is only part of her honor this year, as she is honored for her work with Thalians, a group dedicated to promoting awareness of mental health, an issue that is near and dear to her heart. She also works with the UCLA Operation Mend helping veterans.

Gena Rowlands receives an Honorary Award. She is a two-time Oscar nominee for Gloria and A Woman Under the Influence. She also was featured in film and television classics such as: Opening Night, Thursday's Child, An Early Frost, Hysterical Blindness, The Notebook, Crazy in Love, The Betty Ford Story, Face of a Stranger, What if God Were the Sun?, Minnie and Moskowitz, The Weekend, Another Woman, Night on Earth, and countless others. She is also a three-time Emmy winner and a two time Golden Globe winner.

Finally, Spike Lee receives an Honorary Award. He won a Student Academy award for his first short film Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads. He went on to be nominated for two Oscars, for the screenplay of Do the Right Thing, and for the Documentary 4 Little Girls. Other projects with his signature touch on them include: When the Levees Broke, School Daze, Mo' Better Blues, Malcolm X, Jungle Fever, Clockers, He Got Game, 25th Hour, and Inside Man.

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The Governor Awards are on November 14th.

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