Bruce Cohen to produce AMPAS event

Will hold first Governors Award ceremony on Nov. 14

Bruce Cohen, one of the producers of "Milk" and best picture Oscar-winner "American Beauty," will produce the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' first-ever Governors Award.

The event, to be held Nov. 14 at the Hollywood & Highland Center, will present the Academy's highest honors: the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and the Honorary Award.

Traditionally, those kudos have been handed out during the Oscar broadcast. But this year, the Academy has decided to try a new tact by devoting an evening to celebrating the honorees, who will then be acknowledged at the 82nd annual Academy Awards broadcast on March 7, although they will occupy fewer minutes in the TV spotlight than in past Oscar shows.

"I'm thrilled to be a part of this new event celebrating this year's recipients of the most prestigious awards in the industry," Cohen said. "I want the evening to be an elegant, legendary night that the honorees and attendees alike will remember and cherish."

Along with his producing partner Dan Jinks, Cohen's other credits include "Down with Love," "Big Fish," "The Forgotten," "The Nines" and television's "Pushing Daisies."

The Academy's board of governors will select the 2009 honorees next month.