To be pre­sented amid tight se­cu­rity

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Jane Fonda ar­rives at the Gov­er­nors Awards.

Laura Lin­ney ar­rives at the Gov­er­nors Awards.

Tight se­cu­rity fol­low­ing the Paris terror at­tacks was in ef­fect at Satur­day night’s sev­enth an­nual Gov­er­nors Awards, where Spike Lee, Gena Row­lands and Deb­bie Reynolds were to re­ceive the first Os­cars of Hol­ly­wood’s award sea­son. Los An­ge­les po­lice say se­cu­rity for the starstud­ded cer­e­mony at the Hol­ly­wood & High­land Cen­ter was in­creased in the wake of the at­tacks, as it will at sev­eral other high-pro­file events around the city on Satur­day night. Po­lice say there are no known threats against the city, but the depart­ment was beef­ing up pa­trols as a pre­cau­tion.

“If it falls un­der our ju­ris­dic­tion, in light of what hap­pened yes­ter­day, you would think you’d have ex­tra pa­trols out there,” Los An­ge­les Po­lice spokesman Mike Lopez said Satur­day. “Event se­cu­rity de­tails would be do­ing that as well ... es­pe­cially if you have celebri­ties go­ing in that venue.” In ad­di­tion to se­cu­rity, sen­ti­ment at the Gov­er­nors Awards will likely run high, too, as celebri­ties re­flect on the at­tacks while try­ing to main­tain the gala’s usual air of cel­e­bra­tion for the film world’s best. Film acad­emy Pres­i­dent Ch­eryl Boone Isaacs opened the Gov­er­nors Awards with words of sup­port for France. “All of us here stand in sol­i­dar­ity and sup­port of France and the French peo­ple,” she said. “Our con­nec­tion with the film-lov­ing French is es­pe­cially deep.”

As the awards were pre­sented Satur­day in Hol­ly­wood, she said, “we mourn those who died. We send our deep­est af­fec­tion to our broth­ers and sis­ters in France.” This year, Lee and Row­lands will ac­cept Os­cars for ca­reer achieve­ment. Reynolds will re­ceive the Jean Her­sholt Hu­man­i­tar­ian Award in recog­ni­tion of her decades-long com­mit­ment to rais­ing aware­ness of men­tal health is­sues. Reynolds an­nounced Fri­day that she’ll be un­able to at­tend the cer­e­mony be­cause of un­spec­i­fied surgery and that her grand­daugh­ter will ac­cept the award on her be­half.

Other celebri­ties ex­pected at the mo­tion pic­ture acad­emy’s black-tie af­fair in­clude Meryl Streep, Idris Elba, Cate Blanchett, Bryan Cranston, Jane Fonda, Sa­muel L. Jackson, Amy Schumer, Ava DuVer­nay and Quentin Tarantino. Por­tions of the un­tele­vised cer­e­mony may be in­cluded in the 2016 Os­car tele­cast. — AP

Cate Blanchett ar­rives Gov­er­nors Awards.

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Gena Row­lands ac­cepts her award.

Aloe Blacc per­forms on stage.

Gena Row­lands looks on as her son Nick Cas­savetes holds her award.

From left, Will Smith, Wes­ley Snipes, Den­zel Wash­ing­ton, Spike Lee, hon­orary Os­car re­cip­i­ent, and Sa­muel L Jackson pose on­stage.

Bil­lie Lourd ac­cepts the Jean Her­sholt Hu­man­i­tar­ian award on be­half of Deb­bie Reynolds.

(From left) Ja­son Mitchell, F Gary Gray, O’Shea Jackson Jr and Ice Cube.

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