The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award will be presented to Debbie Reynolds, and Honorary Awards will be presented to Spike Lee and Gena Rowlands at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center.
Lynn formed Mockingbird Pictures in 1999, with Curtis joining as a partner in 2011. Together they have produced five films: “Last Days in the Desert,” “5 to 7,” “The Face of Love,” “Albert Nobbs” (which received three Oscar nominations) and the upcoming “The Sweet Life.”
For the past two years, Lynn has served as producer of the Academy’s Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Awards Presentation & Live Read with director Rodrigo Garcia. Prior to joining Mockingbird, Curtis spent 15 years with Steven Spielberg at Amblin and DreamWorks, producing such films as “Minority Report” and “AI,” as well as co-producing “Saving Private Ryan.”
“Julie and Bonnie are incredibly talented producers — the perfect team to help us celebrate the accomplishments of our honorees,” said Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs in making the announcement.
In a statement, Lynn and Curtis jointly said, “We are honored and thrilled by this opportunity, as we have such deep respect for the Academy,” said Lynn and Curtis. “With masterful artists like Ms. Reynolds, Ms. Rowlands and Mr. Lee to celebrate, the evening might just produce itself!”