Academy President Kicks Off Governors Awards With Show of Support for France

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Cheryl Boone Isaacs

Spike Lee, along with Gena Rowlands and Debbie Reynolds, was honored at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' annual Governors Awards.

Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs kicked off the Governors Awards with a show of support for France after the devastating terrorist attacks in Paris a day prior. 

"All of us here stand in solidarity and support of France and the French people," Boone Isaacs said.

"We also mourn those who died. We send our deepest affection to our brothers and sisters in France," the Academy president said. 

Boone Isaacs spoke at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 7th annual Governors Awards held Saturday at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at the Hollywood & Highland Center.

Spike Lee and actress Gena Rowlands were presented with honorary awards for their film careers.

At the event, Debbie Reynolds was recognized for her philanthropic work with the Academy's Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. Reynolds, who is recovering from a recent surgery, was unable to attend.

Her award is to be accepted on her behalf by her granddaughter Billie Lourd.

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