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Sid Ganis to Produce Oscars’ Governors Awards

Nov. 13 ceremony will be second time Academy has separated honorary Oscars from televised awards

Sid Ganis will produce the 2011 Governors Awards for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Academy President Tom Sherak announced Wednesday.

It will be the second year in which the Academy has separated its honorary awards from the televised Oscars.

One or more of the Academy's highest honors — the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and the Honorary Award — will be presented at the event, set for Saturday, Nov. 13.

"Sid is the perfect person to produce our second Governors Awards ceremony," Sherak said in a statement. "Last year's Governors Awards was a very special evening for all of us, and I know Sid will build on that success and take the evening to the next level."

Ganis, the Academy's immediate past president, said in a statement: "I'm beyond excited to be involved in what is — after only one year — a wonderful and important Academy tradition. The first Governors Awards was about as perfect as it could have been, and I'm looking forward to producing this year's event to make sure it too is as perfect as possible."

The 2010 honorees will be selected at a specially convened meeting of the Academy's board in late August.