Debbie Reynolds Missed Governors Awards, Granddaughter Accepts Humanitarian Award

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Debbie Reynolds missed this year's Governors Awards, put on by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

It's a shame Debbie Reynolds didn't make it, because she was the recipient of the coveted Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

The award, which was accepted by the granddaughter of Debbie Reynolds in her absence, is presented to an “individual in the motion picture industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry,” according to the academy's website.

Debbie Reynolds is experiencing a much longer than expected recovery from a recent surgery. The type of surgery wasn't specified.

The academy posted a sweet tribute to a young Debbie Reynolds upon the announcement that she would be receiving this year's Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

Congratulations to #GovAwards honoree Debbie Reynolds!

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In a statement, Debbie Reynolds lamented her absence from the ceremony.

She said, "I'm heartbroken that I'm unable to be there in person to receive this extraordinary honor you have given me — so you could see how unbelievably happy you have made me."

Honorary Oscars were also be presented to Gena Rowlands and Spike Lee for career achievements.

Congratulations to #GovAwards honoree Gena Rowlands!

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Did you watch Saturday night's ceremony? Did you feel sorry that Debbie Reynolds couldn't make it?

Lacy Langley
Lacy is a writer from Texas. She likes spending time in the home office, homeschooling her kids, playing the didgeridoo, caring for her chickens (Thelma and Louise), Rolos, Christmas, and Labyrinth.