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article imageGovernors Awards mark the start of Oscar season

By Tim O'Brien     Nov 9, 2014 in Entertainment
The Oscar season officially kicked off last night in Hollywood as the Governors Awards were handed out. It marked the sixth time for this stand alone night.
“The Governors Awards allow us to reflect upon not the year in film, but the achievements of a lifetime,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaac, in a earlier report.
Honorary Awards went to Jean-Claude Carrière, Hayao Miyazaki and Maureen O’Hara. Harry Belafonte was honored with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
It was O'Hara first up and then Belafonte last. It was a night for tributes, and lectures, too, from the likes of Belafonte. All taken in on one night, long before the actual Oscars are awarded.
According to The Wrap, Belafonte did implore Hollywood to shape the country and make change. He spoke of the injustices as well. The Wrap noted the show only lasted an hour and 20 minutes.
No, it wasn't only the sixth time for this prestigious awards, It was only the sixth time since it was taken out of the annual show to stand on its own. Was a time when a short part of the Oscar show devoted time to honor those who won these prestigious honors. The Academy noted that "in 2009 the Board of Governors voted to establish an annual event at which it will present its testimonial awards."
Recipients were honored with a dinner and a night of their own. Not exactly on their own as it was a night of schmoozing and jockeying for potential Oscar contenders. Call it campaigning because, in essence that is what the night is often all about.
There is a red carpet, a dinner and the the awards. The one main difference, is this is closed. Much like the Oscars, it is an industry event, but this one is not televised all over the globe.
The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted to present Honorary Awards to Jean-Claude Carrière, Hayao Miyazaki and Maureen O’Hara.
“The Governors Awards allow us to reflect upon not the year in film, but the achievements of a lifetime,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs.
The academy's release also stated that Harry Belafonte will be honored with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. “We’re absolutely thrilled to honor these outstanding members of our global filmmaking community and look forward to celebrating with them in November.”
The awards used to take part of the annual Oscar celebration but was taken out and now a night of its own in the order of the day.
Many may know O'Hara from here role in "Miracle on 34th Street," but "The Quiet Man" may be the one that is remembered by film purists. While Santa (Edmund Gwenn) won an Oscar in "Miracle on 34th Street," her role opposite John Wayne "The Quiet Man" was movie magic. That film was directed by John Ford. She also appeared in other Ford film, including “How Green Was My Valley” and “Rio Grande."
Belafonte is well-known for his activism but he also appeared in film. He starred in “Carmen Jones,” “Odds against Tomorrow” and “The World, the Flesh and the Devil." He is and was deeply involved in Civil Rights.
Schmoozing on this night saw stars from Robert Downey Jr to Kiera Knightly to Clint Eastwood. The Academy’s 6th Annual Governors Awards took place on Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center®. Hollywood and its Oscar season has now started.
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