The 12th annual Governors Awards is on the move.
After being postponed due to continuing concerns about the pandemic, the newly rescheduled date for the Governors Awards is March 25, the Friday before the Oscar ceremony on March 27. The event had been set for January 15 at the new Fairmont Century Plaza but now is back at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland, the same location where the Governors Ball is held directly after the Oscars.
This no doubt will be in part because the whole machinery and staff involved in producing the Oscar telecast also can do the Governors Awards more easily.
Honorary Awards — and the accompanying Oscar statuette — will be presented to Samuel L. Jackson, Elaine May and Liv Ullman, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award will be presented to Danny Glover. The rescheduled event, produced by Jennifer Fox, will be scaled down in size.
Other than the recipients, there have been no details released about this year’s Governors Ball or whether the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences plans on staging it, as was always the case pre-pandemic. It was not held last year, when the Oscars themselves were pared down and moved to Union Station for the April 25 ceremony. The actual Governors Awards ceremony was canceled, and two Jean Hersholt Humanitarian awards were presented instead on the telecast from an otherwise empty Dolby Theatre. The Motion Picture and Television Fund and Tyler Perry were the recipients.
The Honorary Award 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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