Governors Awards

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The Governors Awards
Awarded for Lifetime achievement in film
Country United States
Presented by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
First awarded 2009
Official website www.oscars.org/awards/governors/

The Governors Awards presentation is an annual award ceremony hosted by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), at the Grand Ballroom of the Hollywood and Highland Center.1 Three awards, the Academy Honorary Award, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, and the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award are presented at this ceremony. The first Governors Awards ceremony was held on November 14, 2009. Prior to this, these three awards were formally presented during the main Academy Award ceremony, which now conducts a short mention and appearance of the awards recipients after displaying a montage of the Governors Awards presentation.

Description and History

The Governors Awards are one of five award ceremonies hosted by AMPAS, along with the Academy Scientific and Technical Awards, Academy Student Academy Awards and the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting and the main Oscars.2

The Academy Honorary Award, Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, and Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award are presented at the ceremony. The Governors Awards are held the November or December before the main Academy Awards ceremony, usually held in February or March the following year.1 The Awards are not voted upon but, rather, are presented at the discretion of the Academy.

The Academy Honorary Awards and Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Awards are both Oscar statuettes, while the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award is a small bust of Thalberg on a plinth.

The Academy Honorary Award is given 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 Thalberg Award is given to "a creative producer whose body of work reflects a consistently high quality of motion picture production".3

The board members of AMPAS had previously been concerned about awarding more than one or two Honorary Academy Awards each year for fear of lengthening the main Academy Awards presentation but, in most iterations of the Governors Awards to date, they have awarded three Honorary Academy Awards. So far in the history of the Governors Awards, the Hersholt Award and the Thalberg Award have always been given on separate years.

The smaller presentation of the Governors Awards was designed to invoke the feel of the early Academy Award ceremonies.4 During the event, several notable colleagues of the awardees give them tributes before they make an acceptance speech. Though the event has not been televised, thus far, the Academy posted most of the speeches for the 2013 event online.

Since its inception, the event has become a major red carpet stop for many prospective Oscar hopefuls, including actors and filmmakers, and is, in some ways, the first major stop of the seasonal Awards Circuit.5

1st Annual Governors Awards

The Academy held its 1st Annual Governors Awards ceremony on November 14, 2009. The following awards were presented.

2nd Annual Governors Awards

The Academy held its 2nd Annual Governors Awards ceremony on November 13, 2010. The following awards were presented.

3rd Annual Governors Awards

The Academy held its 3rd Annual Governors Awards ceremony on November 12, 2011. The following awards were presented.

4th Annual Governors Awards

The Academy held its 4th Annual Governors Awards ceremony on December 1, 2012. The following awards were presented.

5th Annual Governors Awards

The Academy held its 5th Annual Governors Awards ceremony on November 16, 2013. The following awards were presented.9

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