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Cheryl Boone Isaacs, a governor of the public relations branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, has been re-elected president of the Academy Foundation.
Isaacs, who will be serving her second term as president of AMPAS' educational and cultural arm, got the vote of confidence at a board of governors meeting Tuesday.
Academy executive director Bruce Davis remains executive secretary.
The Foundation's trustees are elected annually by the board of governors. Foundation trustees for 2008-09 are Cambern, Ganis, Isaacs, Rehme, Sherak, Annette Bening (actors branch), Jon Bloom (short films and feature animation), James L. Brooks (writers), Caleb Deschanel (cinematographers), Jim Gianopulos (executives), Mark Goldblatt (film editors), Arthur Hamilton (music), Kevin O'Connell (sound), Frank Pierson (writers), Bill Taylor (visual) and Henry Winkler (actors).
Established in 1942, the Foundation supports the Academy's public screening series such as the "Gold Standard," "Great to Be Nominated," "Oscar's Docs" and "Contemporary Documentaries" as well as Academy Tech Council programming, tributes and exhibitions. It also is responsible for conducting the annual Student Academy Awards and Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competitions. Also, the Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive operate under its banner. »
- By Gregg Kilday
Annette Bening has become the new face on the board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The actresss -- a three-time Oscar nominee for her performances in "The Grifters," "American Beauty" and "Being Julia" and who next stars as the gossipy Sylvia Fowler in "The Women" -- has been elected as a governor of the actors branch.
As the Academy set about filling three-year terms in 14 of its 15 branches, it also welcomed back five filmmakers who served previous stints on the board but had been away for at least a year, and it re-elected eight incumbent governors.
Those returning to the board after a hiatus are Jeffrey Kurland, in the art directors branch; Martha Coolidge, directors; Arthur Hamilton, music; and Phil Robinson, writers. Don Hall was elected to the sound branch to fill the seat left vacant when J. Paul Huntsman died in February.
Incumbent governors re-elected to another term are Owen Roizman, cinematographers; Michael Apted, documentary; Robert Rehme, executives; Donn Cambern, film editors; Kathleen Kennedy, producers; Sid Ganis, public relations; John Lasseter, short films and feature animation; and Craig Barron, visual effects.
Ganis also serves as the Academy's president.
Fourteen of the Academy's 15 branches are represented by three governors who may serve up to three consecutive three-year terms. Terms are staggered so that each branch elects or re-elects one governor each year. The makeup branch is represented by a single governor, currently Leonard Engelman, whose seat was not part of this election cycle.
Governors who were not up for re-election and who continue on the board are Ed Begley Jr. and Henry Winkler, actors; Rosemary Brandenburg and Jeannine Oppewall, art directors; Caleb Deschanel and Vilmos Zsigmond, cinematographers; Curtis Hanson and Paul Mazursky, directors; Rob Epstein and Richard Pearce, documentary; Jim Gianopulos and Tom Sherak, executives; Dede Allen and Mark Goldblatt, film editors; Bruce Broughton and Charles Fox, music; Mark Johnson and Hawk Koch, producers; Cheryl Boone Isaacs and Marvin Levy, public relations; Carl Bell and Jon Bloom, short films and feature animation; Curt Behlmer and Kevin O'Connell, sound; Richard Edlund and Bill Taylor, visual effects; and James L. Brooks and Frank Pierson, writers. »
- By Gregg Kilday
Daryn Okada has been selected to serve a third one-year term as president of the American Society of Cinematographers.
The 2008-09 officers are vps Michael Goi, Owen Roizman and Richard Crudo; treasurer Victor J. Kemper; secretary Isidore Mankofsky; and sergeant at arms John Hora. The board members include Curtis Clark, Caleb Deschanel, John C. Flinn III, William A. Fraker, Stephen Lighthill, Robert Primes, Nancy Schreiber, Dante Spinotti and Kees Van Oostrum.
Membership in the 90-year-old ASC is by invitation based upon the individual's body of work.
Okada's credits include "Baby Mama" and "Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay," which opened at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, at the boxoffice on the same weekend this year. His upcoming titles include "The Goods: The Don Ready Story" and "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past".
"We are looking forward to a banner year," Okada said. "ASC has broken ground for the renovation of our historic Hollywood clubhouse, where our members and friends have met for 70 years. It contains a treasure trove of early film history and is a constant reminder of our mission." The project is expected to be completed next spring. »
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences rewarded 12 students from nine colleges and universities Saturday night at its Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills as it handed out its 35th annual Student Academy Awards.
Presenters Jason Reitman, Caleb Deschanel, Todd Holland and academy president Sid Ganis doled out the honors, which included an honorary foreign film award to Reto Caffi of Germany for the film "On the Line".
The animation winners were Nicole Mitchell, "Zoologic", gold; Tatchapon Lertwirojkul, "Simulacra", silver; and Evan Mayfield, "The Visionary", bronze.
Signaled out for their documentary work were Laura Waters Hinson, "As We Forgive", gold; J.J. Adler, "Unattached", silver; and Brian Davis, "If a Body Meet a Body", bronze.
Two prizes were awarded in the alternative category: Shih-Ting Hung took the gold for "Viola: The Traveling Rooms of a Little Giant," and Phoebe Tooke collected the silver for "Circles of Confusion".
Besides trophies, the gold medal recipients received $5,000; silver were awarded $3,000; and bronze took home $2,000 each. »
4 items from 2008
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