Spike Lee to Receive Honorary Oscar

Spike Lee to Receive Honorary Oscar

This April 29, 2014 file photo shows filmmaker and avid basketball fan Spike Lee at a news conference by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver in New York announcing that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life by the league. Lee says his wife convinced him to turn his 1986 film "She's Gotta Have It" into a television series for Showtime. The original story focused on a woman's relationship with three men, exploring the issues of race, sexuality and gentrification in the neighborhood of Brooklyn. Showtime will decide whether the show gets picked up or not. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, FIle)
Spike Lee (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, FIle)

(USA Today) – Director Spike Lee and actress Gena Rowlands will receive honorary Oscar awards, while the coveted Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award will go to Singin’ in the Rain star Debbie Reynolds.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made the announcement of the honorary awards on Thursday after its Board of Governors voted on Tuesday.

All three awards will be presented at the academy’s 7th Annual Governors Awards on Saturday, November 14, at the at the Hollywood & Highland Center.

The honorary awards, Oscar statuettes, are given “to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service.”