Over the weekend, Hollywood’s elite came out to attend the Oscars’ 2015 Governors Awards. The annual event took place at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Los Angeles on Saturday, Nov. 14th. .
The ceremony, which was hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, included appearances by a number of Haute 100 listers such as Meryl Streep, Will Smith, Daniel Craig and his wife Rachel Weisz as well as Cate Blanchett, Helen Mirren, Carey Mulligan, Amy Schumer, Idris Elba, among others. Honorees of the night included Gena Rowlands and Spike Lee, both presented with the Honorary Award, while Debbie Reynolds received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
Lee accepted his award from legendary actors Denzel Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, and Wesley Snipes. The New York native discussed his upbringing in a pre-gentrified Brooklyn as well as paid tribute to his grandmother, who paid his through film school. Rowlands accepted her award from her son filmmaker Nick Cassavetes, who directed her in “The Notebook.” Due to health reasons, Reynolds was unable to attend. While Reynold did not attend, she did receive high praises from Jane Fonda and Streep.
Lee and Rowlands were selected for their extraordinary lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the motion picture arts and sciences. Reynolds received the humanitarian award because of her humanitarian efforts, which have brought credit to the industry. Reynolds is the founding member of the Thalians, a charitable organization conceived and sustained by entertainers to promote awareness and treatment of mental health issues. She served as the group’s president almost continuously from 1957 to 2011, adding numerous terms as board chair and frequently presiding over its annual fundraising gala.
“The Board is proud to recognize our honorees’ remarkable contributions at this year’s Governors Awards,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “We’ll be celebrating their achievements with the knowledge that the work they have accomplished – with passion, dedication and a desire to make a positive difference – will also enrich future generations.”
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