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).
August 8, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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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