David Lynch, Wes Studi, Geena Davis, and Lina Westmuller receive awards.

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hosted is annual Governors Awards ceremony on Sunday, October 27th. The industry celebration drew an illustrious crowd of film making legends and Oscar hopefuls.

The black-tie affair offers the first step for many in their awards season campaigns as much of the Governors Awards audience is made up of Academy voting members. Stars like Dolemite is My Name's Eddie Murphy and Hustlers's Jennifer Lopez turned out in red carpet fashion to mingle.

Filmmaker David Lynch, actor Wes Studi, actor Geena Davis, and director Lina Westmuller were the night's true stars. Lynch, Studi, and Westmuller received Honorary Academy Awards (Studi is now the first Native American to receive an Academy Award). Davis received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her advocacy work for women.

The Governors Awards were founded 10 years ago in one of the earlier shifts in the traditional Oscars ceremony. Before the Governors Awards, any honorary Oscars and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award were given during the Oscars telecast. To alleviate the time it took to present the awards, and streamline the length of the ceremony, the Academy opted to give the awards their own evening. In return, the entire industry has now opted to use the Governors Awards as their campaign launchpad. To the bewilderment of awards fans and prognosticators, the ceremony is not telecast or live-streamed.

For a full recap of the 2019 Governors Awards from The Academy, including the recipients' acceptance speeches, click here.

© 2018 by Scottie Knollin.