Quicker Than A New York Minute

Well, I’d like to be able to say I’m surprised Cheryl Boone Isaacs is no longer the president of the Academy, but sadly, that is not the case.  More to the point, is there still anyone out here in Black and Brown communities that truly admires the work and recognition of the Oscars?  Since when have they done right by us?  Although, I must admit, I was elated when Boone Isaacs was elected president; it seemed to be what was needed at the time (What is still needed at this time).  However, nothing really changed.  Brown bodies were still disproportionately represented on screen.  Our award numbers stagnated.  Unfortunately, even in the 21st century she undoubtedly faced much adversity carrying the title of first African American woman to hold this position.  I just wish it lasted that much longer.

Cheryl Boone Isaacs is an American film marketing and public relations executive. She has represented the Public Relations Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), known for its annual Academy Awards (Oscars), on the AMPAS Board of Governors for 21 years as of 2013. On July 30, 2013 she was elected as the 35th president of AMPAS.  Boone Isaacs is the first African American to hold this office, and the third woman after Bette Davis (who served only two months) and Fay Kanin (who served four years).

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August 8, 2017
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JOHN BAILEY ELECTED ACADEMY PRESIDENT

LOS ANGELES, CA – John Bailey was elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tuesday night (August 8) by the organization’s Board of Governors.

Also elected to officer positions by the Board:

  • Lois Burwell, First Vice President (chair, Awards and Events Committee)
  • Kathleen Kennedy, Vice President (chair, Museum Committee)
  • Michael Tronick, Vice President (chair, Preservation and History Committee)
  • Nancy Utley, Vice President (chair, Education and Outreach Committee)
  • Jim Gianopulos, Treasurer (chair, Finance Committee)
  • David Rubin, Secretary (chair, Membership and Administration Committee)

Bailey is beginning his first term as president and his fourteenth year as a governor representing the Cinematographers Branch.  Gianopulos, Kennedy, Rubin, Utley were re-elected to their posts.  This will be the first officer stint for Burwell and Tronick.

Bailey’s cinematography credits include “Ordinary People,” “American Gigolo,” “The Big Chill,” “Groundhog Day,” “As Good as It Gets,”  “The Anniversary Party,” “The Way Way Back” and “A Walk in the Woods.” In 2014 he received the American Society of Cinematographers Lifetime Achievement Award.

Academy board members may serve up to three consecutive three-year terms, while officers serve one-year terms, with a maximum of four consecutive years in any one office.

For a full listing of the Academy’s 2016-17 Board of Governors, click here.

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OSCAR® WINNERS BLANCHETT, LETO, MCCONAUGHEY AND NYONG’O TO RETURN AS PRESENTERS AT 87TH OSCARS®

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February 4, 2015
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OSCAR® WINNERS BLANCHETT, LETO, MCCONAUGHEY AND NYONG’O
TO RETURN AS PRESENTERS AT 87TH OSCARS®

LOS ANGELES, CA — Cate Blanchett, Jared Leto, Matthew McConaughey and Lupita Nyong’o, last year’s Oscar winners in the leading actress, supporting actor and supporting actress categories, will return to present at this year’s Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC.

“The great tradition of having the previous year’s Oscar-winning best actors and actresses in all 4 categories happily continues this year with the amazing quartet of Cate, Jared, Matthew and Lupita.  We’re thrilled to have them back,” says Zadan and Meron.

Blanchett has been nominated for six Oscars and has won two, including last year’s award for “Blue Jasmine.” Her previous win was for Actress in a Supporting Role for the 2004 film “The Aviator.” Blanchett also received leading actress nominations for “Elizabeth” (1998) and “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” (2007), and supporting actress nominations for “Notes on a Scandal” (2006) and “I’m Not There” (2007).

Last year, Leto won the Oscar for Actor in a Supporting Role and McConaughey for Actor in a Leading Role, both for “Dallas Buyer’s Club.” Nyong’o took home the Oscar for Actress in a Supporting Role for “12 Years a Slave.”

The 87th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars, produced by Zadan and Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

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ACADEMY’S OSCAR® WEEK EVENTS CELEBRATE THIS YEAR’S NOMINEES

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ACADEMY’S OSCAR® WEEK EVENTS
CELEBRATE THIS YEAR’S NOMINEES

BEVERLY HILLS, CA — In the week leading up to the 87th Oscars®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a series of public programs celebrating this year’s nominees in the Animated Feature Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Foreign Language Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, and Short Film categories.  All events will be held at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The Oscar Week schedule is as follows:

OSCAR WEEK: SHORTS
Tuesday, February 17, 7 p.m.
Hosted by Sean Astin. Astin is an actor, writer, producer and director who received an Oscar nomination for his 1994 short film “Kangaroo Court.” The program delves into the Animated Short Film and Live Action Short Film categories with complete screenings of all the nominated films as well as onstage panel discussions with the filmmakers (schedules permitting).

OSCAR WEEK: DOCS
Wednesday, February 18, 7:30 p.m. 
Hosted by Rob Epstein and Tabitha Jackson.  Epstein has won Oscars for the documentary features “The Times of Harvey Milk” and “Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt.”  Jackson is currently the director of the documentary film program at the Sundance Institute.  The evening includes clips from all the films nominated in Documentary Feature and Documentary Short Subject categories, as well as onstage panel discussions with the filmmakers (schedules permitting).

OSCAR WEEK: ANIMATED FEATURES
Thursday, February 19, 7:30 p.m.
Hosted by Oscar- winning directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee.  Buck and Lee shared the 2013 Oscar for Animated Feature Film for “Frozen.”  Buck was previously nominated for “Surf’s Up.”  Lee also co-wrote the screenplay for “Wreck-It Ralph.”  This year’s nominees in the Animated Feature Film category (schedules permitting) will talk about their creative processes and present clips illustrating their techniques.
OSCAR WEEK: FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMS
Saturday, February 21, 10 a.m. 
Hosted by Producers Branch governor Mark Johnson.  Johnson won the 1988 Best Picture Oscar for “Rain Man” and received a second nomination for “Bugsy.”  The directors of the nominated films in the Foreign Language Film category (schedules permitting) will explore a wide range of topics, from their experiences developing their projects to the specific challenges of their profession.  This two-hour event includes clips from each of the nominated films.

OSCAR WEEK: MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING SYMPOSIUM
Saturday, February 21, 3 p.m.
Moderated by Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch governor Leonard Engelman.  Engelman’s feature credits include “Ghostbusters,” “Moonstruck,” “Heat” and “Burlesque.”  In Oscar Week’s final public event, the nominees in the Makeup and Hairstyling category (schedules permitting) will reveal the secrets behind their on-screen work.  Photographs, appliances, molds, wigs and other items will be on display in the theater lobby.

Tickets will be available online at Oscars.org starting Friday, February 6, at 10 a.m. PT.  Tickets to the Shorts, Docs, Animated Features and Foreign Language Films events are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID (Shorts and Foreign Language Films tickets limited to four per person).  Admission to the Saturday afternoon Makeup and Hairstyling event is free, but advance tickets are required (limited to two per person).  The Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills.  Doors open one hour prior to each event.  All ticketed seating is unreserved.  For more information, visit Oscars.org or call (310) 247-3600.

The 87th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.  The Oscars, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

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“LET IT GO” OSCAR®-WINNING TEAM KRISTEN ANDERSON-LOPEZ AND ROBERT LOPEZ WRITE ORIGINAL MUSICAL NUMBER FOR OSCAR HOST NEIL PATRICK HARRIS

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January 27, 2015
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“LET IT GO” OSCAR®-WINNING TEAM KRISTEN ANDERSON-LOPEZ
AND ROBERT LOPEZ WRITE ORIGINAL MUSICAL NUMBER FOR
OSCAR HOST NEIL PATRICK HARRIS

LOS ANGELES, CA – Oscar host Neil Patrick Harris and show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron shared that the Oscar-winning songwriting team from “Frozen,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, are in the midst of writing an original multimedia, musical sequence, “Moving Pictures,” which Harris will perform on Oscar Sunday, February 22, on ABC. Harris made the initial announcement on his Twitter account, posting the network’s first tweet using its new mobile video camera feature.

“On the heels of the international success of last year’s “Frozen” and their Oscar for “Let It Go,” we couldn’t be happier to have Kristen and Bobby Lopez write an incredibly special song for Neil Patrick Harris and special guests to perform this year on the Oscar stage,” said Zadan and Meron. “YouTube, get ready!”

“We love the Oscars® and have always been huge Neil Patrick Harris fans, so when he asked us to write him a song for this year’s show we said, ‘Yes!’ before he could finish the sentence – it’s possible he may have been asking us for something else,” said the Lopezes. “We are having so much fun collaborating, and have even enjoyed weaving our experience as Oscar nominees into the song.”

Lopez is an Oscar, Tony®, Emmy®, Grammy® winning songwriter and co-creator of the worldwide smash-hit Broadway musicals “Avenue Q” and “The Book of Mormon.” Anderson-Lopez in an Oscar-winning songwriter for film and television, who along with her husband, co-wrote songs for “Frozen” and “Winnie the Pooh.” The pair won an Oscar for original song for “Let It Go” from the 2013 Oscar-winning animated film “Frozen,” and are currently working on music for the upcoming stage musical “Up Here.”

The 87th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars, produced by Zadan and Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

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