It’s hard to the believe that Tinsel Town is already assembling her bling for another awards season. While many argue that these shows have lost their luster, viewers continue to accept the banter, the tears and the grandstanding as the celebrities they love to love are honored and recognized for an array of achievements. This year marks some “new kinds on the block” or at the every least new to the Academy as each certainly has an impressive resume. Producers Julie Lynn and Bonnie Curtis were chosen to produce the 7th Annual Governors Awards for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Academy President.
Other standout announcements include that The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award will be presented to Debbie Reynolds, and Honorary Awards will be presented to Spike Lee and Gena Rowlands, on Saturday, November 14, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center.
“Julie and Bonnie are incredibly talented producers – the perfect team to help us celebrate the accomplishments of our honorees,” said Boone Isaacs.
“We are honored and thrilled by this opportunity, as we have such deep respect for The Academy,” said Lynn and Curtis.
“With masterful artists like Ms. Reynolds, Ms. Rowlands, and Mr. Lee to celebrate, the evening might just produce itself!”
Lynn created her company Mockingbird Pictures in 1999, with Curtis joining as a partner later in 2011. Together they have become a true force to be reckoned with producing five films, including “Last Days in the Desert,” “5 to 7,” “The Face of Love,” “Albert Nobbs,” which received three Oscar® nominations, and the upcoming “The Sweet Life.” Add to that Lynn’s other notable credits that include “Mother and Child” and “The Jane Austen Book Club” and these ladies have some real chops for producing successful projects. For the last several years, Lynn has served as producer of the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Awards Presentation & Live Read with director Rodrigo Garcia.
Make no mistake Curtis is no newbie either. Prior to joining Mockingbird, she spent 15 years with the atomic Steven Spielberg at Amblin and DreamWorks, producing such films as “Minority Report” and “AI,” as well as co-producing “Saving Private Ryan.”
The Honorary Award, an Oscar statuette, is given “to honor 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, also an Oscar statuette, is given “to an individual in the motion picture arts and sciences whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry.”
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This year it certainly looks like viewers will also be rewarded with a show produced with vision and integrity.