Cheryl Boone Isaacs Re-Elected To Fourth Term As Academy President

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Cheryl Boone Isaacs Re-Elected To Fourth Term As Academy President
Posted by Wilson Morales

August 2, 2016

Source: Variety, Deadline

Cheryl Boone Isaacs

Cheryl Boone Isaacs has been re-elected to a fourth and final consecutive term as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS).

According to Deadline, “She ran unopposed. The vote came from the Academy’s Board of Directors, which recently added seven new members including Steven Spielberg and Laura Dern as well as three governors-at-large appointed in January by Boone Isaacs: Reginald Hudlin, Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Gregory Nava.”

Variety states that “The election comes on the heels of the Academy’s move to invite some 683 new members to its ranks, more than double the typical annual tally and a direct response to criticism over a lack of diversity in the group.” Of the new members, 46% of them were women, 41% were people of color, and 283 were from abroad.

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Also elected to officer positions by the Board:

Jeffrey Kurland, First Vice President (chair, Awards and Events Committee)
John Bailey, Vice President (chair, Preservation and History Committee)
Kathleen Kennedy, Vice President (chair, Museum Committee)
Nancy Utley, Vice President (chair, Education and Outreach Committee)
Jim Gianopulos, Treasurer (chair, Finance Committee)
David Rubin, Secretary (chair, Membership and Administration Committee)

Deadline also stated that in a recent interview, Boone Isaacs spoke about her commitment to a diversity program launched in the wake of the outcry the past two years over the lack of people of color in Oscar acting categories. “We have a goal, and we are going to continue to work as hard as we can to meet that goal,” Boone Isaacs said of a plan to double the number of women and ethnic minority members in just a few years.


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