John Bailey Elected As Academy President
Cinematographer John Bailey has been elected as the new president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Bailey, who acted as director of photography on films including Groundhog Day, The Big Chill and American Gigolo, will replace outgoing president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the Academy’s governors announced Tuesday.
The 74-year-old will oversee the day-to-day operations of the organization as well as preparations for next year’s 90th Oscars ceremony.
Lois Burwell, Kathleen Kennedy, Michael Tronick, Nancy Utley, Jim Gianopulos, and David Rubin, have also been elected to officer positions by the board of governors.
Departing president Boone Isaacs, the first African-American and only the third woman to serve as Academy president, is stepping down after serving the maximum of four one year terms.
Her tenure was an eventful one, as she pushed to make the Academy’s membership more diverse but also had to deal with controversy after no actors of color were nominated to compete at the 2016 Oscars.
Boone Isaacs’ final Academy Awards ceremony as president will also be remembered for a bizarre mishap which caused the wrong film to be named as the winner of the coveted Best Picture prize.
Presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway initially announced that the Oscar had gone to La La Land, despite Barry Jenkins’ drama Moonlight being the real winner.