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Governors Awards: Academy bestows honors, announces new diversity initiative

Governors Awards: Academy bestows honors, announces new diversity initiative

Opening the seventh annual Governors Awards on Saturday evening in Hollywood, film academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs pointed to the event's guests of honor -- actresses Gena Rowlands and Debbie Reynolds and filmmaker Spike Lee -- noting she was "pleased that this year two of our honorees happen to be women and one an African American man."

Boone Isaacs followed those words with a proposed course of action, announcing a new academy initiative, A20/20, a five-year plan that calls for an "industry-wide commitment" to partner with the academy to "hire, mentor, encourage and promote talent in all areas of our profession."

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