When the Academy Board of Governors convened Tuesday night to pick the 34th AMPAS president, all eyes were on Laura Dern
as the frontrunner. Instead, the outcome was a surprise: While three potential candidates had emerged from the 54-member body, including popular actors branch governor Dern, with her career in full-throttle she declined her nomination and supported casting director David Rubin
, who was eventually elected Treasurer. Documentarian Rory Kennedy
did not get an expected nomination; instead cinematographer John Bailey
ran against Rubin.
Finally the board voted for Bailey, who represents the 7000-member Academy’s still-dominant constituents: older white men. At age 74, Bailey replaces publicity executive Cheryl Boone Isaacs
(the third woman and first African American to hold the post) who leaves the board after a tumultuous four-year term.
During that time, she and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson
spearheaded a concerted drive to add more diversity to the Academy, urging the