The Academy and the family of actress Debbie Reynolds have announced that, due to an unexpectedly long recovery from a recent surgery, she will be unable to attend the 7th annual Governors Awards on Saturday, Nov. 14, where she was set to be honored with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
Reynolds’ granddaughter will accept the award on her behalf.
“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,” Reynolds said in a statement. “If joy could be weighed, this would be the most sizable rejoicing one could feel, especially if that one is me.”
Added Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, “We’re saddened to hear that Debbie won’t be able to personally accept her well-deserved Oscar. We look forward to honoring her lifetime achievements and commitment to philanthropy in a fitting tribute with her family and friends.”
Along with Angela Lansbury, who was honored at the Governors Awards in 2013, and Doris Day, still waiting for the call, Reynolds has long been considered overdue for recognition by the Academy.