Oscars: Julie Lynn and Bonnie Curtis to Produce Governors Awards

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Julie Lynn, Bonnie Curtis

The Nov. 14 event will honor Spike Lee, Gena Rowlands and Debbie Reynolds.

Producers Julie Lynn and Bonnie Curtis have been selected to produce the sixth annual Governors Awards, which will take place Nov. 14 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Wednesday.

At the dinner, honorary Oscars will be presented to director Spike Lee and actress Gena Rowlands while Debbie Reynolds is to receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her philanthropic activities.

Lynn and Curtis are partners in Mockingbird Pictures, which Lynn formed in 1999 and Curtis joined in 2011. Together they have produced five films: 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.

Lynn's other credits include Mother and Child and The Jane Austen Book Club. For the past two years, Lynn also has served as producer of the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Awards Presentation & Live Read with director Rodrigo Garcia. Before joining Mockingbird, Curtis spent 15 years working with Steven Spielberg at Amblin and DreamWorks, producing such films as Minority Report and A.I. and co-producing Saving Private Ryan.

"Julie and Bonnie are incredibly talented producers — the perfect team to help us celebrate the accomplishments of our honorees," Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs said in making the announcement.

Lynn and Curtis said in a statement, "We are honored and thrilled by this opportunity as we have such respect for the Academy. With masterful artists like Ms. Reynolds, Ms. Rowlands and Mr. Lee to celebrate, the evening might just produce itself."

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