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article imageOscars elect new president; casting branch added, too

By Tim O'Brien     Jul 31, 2013 in Entertainment
Beverly Hills - For the first time in its history, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), have elected a female African-American as its president.
Cheryl Boone Isaacs was elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at their meeting Tuesday night (July 30). She was currently serving as Academy first vice president.
The organization’s Board of Governors announced that she will succeeds Hawk Koch, who served a one-year term as president. Boone Isaacs represented the Public Relations Branch for 21 years, so she brings plenty of credentials to the position.
In other board news, John Lasseter was elected first vice president; Jeffrey Kurland and Leonard Engelman were elected to vice president posts; Dick Cook was elected treasurer; and Phil Robinson was elected secretary.
Academy board members may serve up to three consecutive three-year terms.
It didn't take long for her mark to be felt. AMPAS also noted that they will create another branch dealing with casting. Even though they casting directors have been invited to be members of the Academy for 30 years, this nee branch will yield more power and prestige.
Casting is a big part of the movie process. "Casting directors play an essential role in the filmmaking process," Boon Isaacs said in a release. "Their inclusion on our board will only broaden our perspective and help ensure that the Academy continues to accurately reflect the state of filmmaking today," she added.
It also begs a question. Does this mean a casting Oscar will soon be added as a category? It isn't easy to add another category. But, each year, rules and regulations are voted on, so who knows. It was only a few years back when they agreed to allow up to 10 best picture nominations. Meanwhile, those who represent stunts have been lobbying for a category for years.
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