Motion Picture Academy Postpones Governors Awards Due to COVID Concerns

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today it is postponing the annual Governors Awards ceremony due to uncertainties over COVID-19 and the infectious Omicron variant.

The 12th annual ceremony had been set for Jan. 15 at the Fairmont Century Plaza hotel in Century City.

“We have made the difficult decision to change our plans in hosting the Governors Awards in person on January 15,” according to the Academy. “Given the uncertainties around the variants, and the impact this could have on our community, we feel this is the best and safest decision for our honorees and guests. Rescheduled plans will come at a later date as we continue to prioritize the health and wellbeing of all those involved.”

Veteran actor Danny Glover was scheduled to receive the Academy’s Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the event, while performers Samuel L. Jackson and Liv Ullmann and writer-director-actress Elaine May were set to receive honorary Oscars.

The Hersholt Award honors “an individual in the motion picture arts and sciences whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry.”

The honorary Oscars recognize “extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy.”

No changes have been announced so far for the Academy Awards ceremony, which is scheduled for March 27.

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