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Academy President John Bailey Is Under Investigation for Sexual Harassment

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has launched an investigation against its president, John Bailey, for sexual harassment. Sources reveal that the Academy received three separate claims of harassment against John Bailey, and immediately launched an investigation into these claims. There is no word on how long this investigation may take, but it may lead to a rather short tenure as president for John Bailey.

Bailey was elected as the Academy's new president in August 2017, in a rather surprising turn of events, after actress Laura Dern took herself out of the running (she still serves as a governor of the acting branch). This lead to Bailey, one of the governors of the cinematographer's guild, beating veteran casting director David Rubin in the Academy president election. Bailey was the first "below the line" (crew member) president of the Academy since the 1980s, and he had often been vocally critical
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Film Academy President John Bailey Faces Sexual Harassment Investigation

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Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences President John Bailey is under investigation following multiple accusations of sexual harassment, Variety reported Friday. The Academy received three harassment claims on Wednesday, then immediately began an inquiry into the matter, the report said. If suspended or removed over the investigation, Bailey would be replaced by Academy first vice president and makeup artist Lois Burwell. A subcommittee of the Academy board led by casting director David Rubin is heading up the investigation, according to Variety. But the exact nature of the accusations is not yet known. Also Read: Academy President John Bailey Vows to Finish...
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Academy President John Bailey Under Investigation for Three Different Sexual Harassment Claims — Report

John Bailey, who was elected President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences last August, is under investigation for sexual harassment. Variety first reported the news, noting that AMPAS received three different harassment claims on Wednesday and immediately launched its investigation. Bailey, 75, is a cinematographer and occasional director who received the American Society of Cinematographers Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 and a Best Artistic Contribution prize from the Cannes Film Festival in 1985 for Paul Schrader’s “Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters.”

No details about the nature of the claims has been released. These allegations come in the midst of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, which began when Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual harassment, assault, and rape by dozens of women beginning last October. Weinstein himself was expelled from the Academy, an incredibly rare move.

Last month’s Oscars featured a video tribute to Time’s
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Is ‘Darkest Hour’ invincible for Best Makeup and Hairstyling at the Oscars?

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Is ‘Darkest Hour’ invincible for Best Makeup and Hairstyling at the Oscars?
Gary Oldman was considered a likely Oscar front-runner for “Darkest Hour” almost as soon as the first production still was released of him disappearing into the role of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. And the prosthetic makeup that helped him disappear became an Oscar front-runner just as quickly. With Oscar night approaching that hasn’t changed, especially with the film’s victories at the Critics’ Choice Awards, BAFTAs and Make Up and Hair Stylists Guild Awards. Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski and Lucy Sibbick are the makeup and hair artists nominated for their work on the docudrama, and they’re the overwhelming favorites to win Best Makeup and Hairstyling with 1/10 odds.

Those odds are based on the combined predictions of thousands of users who have entered their picks at Gold Derby thus far. That includes 26 Expert journalists we’ve polled from top media outlets, 25 of whom are predicting a “Darkest Hour
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Oscars 2018: Best Makeup and Hairstyling loves British icons from Queen Elizabeth to Margaret Thatcher … to Winston Churchill?

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Oscars 2018: Best Makeup and Hairstyling loves British icons from Queen Elizabeth to Margaret Thatcher … to Winston Churchill?
Darkest Hour” is the overwhelming Oscar front-runner for Best Makeup and Hairstyling thanks in large part to the prosthetics used to transform lead actor Gary Oldman into British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. This award has gone to a number of films that recreate historical figures over the years, but the motion picture academy has been especially fond of British icons.

Peter Frampton, Paul Pattison and Lois Burwell won for “Braveheart” (1995), about 13th century Scottish warrior William Wallace. But Wallace was actually fighting to free Scotland from English rule, so perhaps we should leave that one out. But just a few years later Jenny Shircore prevailed for “Elizabeth” (1998), which transformed Cate Blanchett into Queen Elizabeth I during the early years of her reign. And one year after that Christine Blundell and Trefor Proud prevailed for Mike Leigh‘s biopic “Topsy-Turvy” (1999), about the British operatic duo of Gilbert and Sullivan.

Only one
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2018 Oscar Week: Celebrate with Academy Awards nominees beginning Feb. 27

2018 Oscar Week: Celebrate with Academy Awards nominees beginning Feb. 27
For the five days leading up to the Oscars on March 4, the academy will showcase the nominees in the Animated Feature Film, Documentary, Foreign Language Film, Makeup and Short Film categories. The events at the Samuel Goldwyn theater will include screenings, film clips and discussions with the nominated filmmakers and artists.

On the evening of Tuesday Feb. 27 Oscar-nominated director Taika Waititi (“Two Cars, One Night”) will host a screening of the five nominees in each of the Animated and Live Action Short Film categories and lead a discussion with the filmmakers.

On Wednesday evening Documentary Branch governor and two-time Academy Awards winner Kate Amend (“Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport”; “The Long Way Home” ) along with fellow governor and Oscar champ Roger Ross Williams (“Music by Prudence”) will steer a conversation with those nominated for both Documentary Short Subject and Documentary Feature awards.

On Thursday evening directors
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Michael Apted to Head Camerimage Competition Jury

Michael Apted to Head Camerimage Competition Jury
British documentarian Michael Apted, who broke ground with decades-long chronicles of subjects’ lives, will chair the Camerimage fest main competition jury, the organization has announced.

Heather Stewart, creative director at the British Film Institute, and cinematographers Christian Berger (“The White Ribbon”), Stuart Dryburgh (“The Piano”), Stephen Goldblatt (“Lethal Weapon”), Karl Walter Lindenlaub (“Independence Day”) and Anastas N. Michos (“Man on the Moon”) will also serve, evaluating the best in world cinematography Nov. 11-18 in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

Director-producer Brad Silberling (“City of Angels”) will lead the Polish films competition jury, alongside cinematographers Andrew Dunn (“The Bodyguard”), Denis Lenoir (“Demonlover”), Claudio Miranda (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”) and VFX supervisor Mark H. Weingartner (“Inception”).

Last year’s docu prize achievement winner Jay Rosenblatt (“Human Remains”) will preside over the docu features jury, serving with writer-producer-director Sheila Curran Bernard (“Slavery by Another Name”), Dp John Davey (“La danse”), producer Karen Konicek (Zipporah Films) and director-producer Kristine Samuelson (“Arthur and Lillie
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Why John Bailey Is the Academy’s New President

Why John Bailey Is the Academy’s New President
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
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Why John Bailey Is the Academy’s New President

Why John Bailey Is the Academy’s New President
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
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Cinematographer John Bailey elected Academy president

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Cinematographer John Bailey elected Academy president
He replaces Cheryl Boone Isaacs.

Cinematographer John Bailey has been elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Bailey was chosen by the Academy’s board of governors on Tuesday night (8 August) and succeeds outgoing president Cheryl Boone Isaacs.

Bailey’s cinematography credits include Ordinary People, American Gigolo and Groundhog Day. In 2014 he received the American Society of Cinematographers lifetime achievement award.

He is currently an Academy board member representing the cinematographers’ branch, where he is serving his fourteenth year on the board. As president he will work alongside Academy CEO Dawn Hudson.

The board also elected new officers, they are:

Lois Burwell, first vice president (chair, awards and events committee)Kathleen Kennedy, vice president (chair, museum committee)Michael Tronick, vice president (chair, preservation and history committee)Nancy Utley, vice president (chair, education and outreach committee)Jim Gianopulos, treasurer (chair, finance committee)David Rubin, secretary (chair, membership and administration committee)

Gianopulos, Kennedy, Rubin
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John Bailey Elected President of the Motion Picture Academy

John Bailey Elected President of the Motion Picture Academy
John Bailey has been elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Academy announced on Tuesday. The 74-year-old cinematographer was chosen by a vote of the Academy’s Board of Governors, which met on Tuesday evening at the Academy’s Beverly Hills headquarters. Other officers elected at the board meeting were Lois Burwell, first vice president; Kathleen Kennedy, Michael Tronick and Nancy Utley, vice presidents; Jim Gianopulos, treasurer; and David Rubin, secretary. Kennedy, Utley, Gianopulos and Rubin occupied the same positions last year. Also Read: Tucker Carlson Attacks Filmmaker Over Climate Change: 'What's in Your Medicine Cabinet?
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John Bailey Elected President of the Motion Picture Academy

John Bailey Elected President of the Motion Picture Academy
In a surprise victory, cinematographer John Bailey has been elected the 36th president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization that annually presents the Oscars for excellence in filmmaking. The decision was made Tuesday night at a monthly meeting of the AMPAS board of governors.

The new Academy leader will succeed exiting president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who served a maximum four-year term in the role and, along with CEO Dawn Hudson, oversaw many dramatic shifts in the movie monolith’s demographical makeup and procedural status quo.

Bailey, 74, is a dark-horse winner. His credits include “Ordinary People,” “American Gigolo,” “The Big Chill,” “Groundhog Day,” “As Good as It Gets,” “The Anniversary Party,” “The Way Way Back” and “A Walk in the Woods.” In 2014 he received the American Society of Cinematographers Lifetime Achievement Award, but he has never received an Oscar nomination.

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Oscar Week 2017: Makeup and Hairstyling Symposium

By Gary Salem

Oscar Week celebrated three exceptional nominees at the annual Makeup & Hairstyling Symposium: “A Man Called Ove,” “Star Trek Beyond” and “Suicide Squad.” Branch governor and longtime host Leonard Engelman started the event with a favorite story about 20th Century Fox lobbying the Academy to award John Chambers with an honorary Oscar for “Planet of the Apes” in 1968. He was joined by fellow governors Kathryn Blondell and Lois Burwell in welcoming the nominees and giving an inside look at the bake-off and nomination process.

Burwell said the branch meets twice a year to discuss the films that members think should be viewed in a theater and considered for seven finalists. Branch members also communicate throughout the year to bring attention to outstanding work. The seven finalists are usually narrowed down to three nominees but there have been years with two and four nominees.

The audience included several past
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Steven Spielberg and Laura Dern Join Motion Picture Academy Board of Governors, Elected Under New Rules

Steven Spielberg and Laura Dern Join Motion Picture Academy Board of Governors, Elected Under New Rules
Thanks to new rules, this year’s Academy Board of Governors race was more intense than usual. The Academy’s 17 branches each has three governors on the board; they can serve three consecutive three-year terms. One seat is up for reelection every year. The Board of Governors actually runs the show at the Academy, determining the strategy and mission, and keeping tabs on its financial health.

(The full list of Governors is here.)

This year, the race was opened up to allow any of the 6200-plus Academy members to run for the board. Before, the membership voted for 50% of a nominating committee that selected candidates to present to the Board. This yielded the same favorites over and over again.

Now, members of each branch can pick their own contenders. Academy CEO Dawn Hudson clearly sees the benefit of a more diverse board of Governors. In an email to members announcing
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Steven Spielberg and Laura Dern Join Motion Picture Academy Board of Governors, Elected Under New Rules

Steven Spielberg and Laura Dern Join Motion Picture Academy Board of Governors, Elected Under New Rules
Thanks to new rules, this year’s Academy Board of Governors race was more intense than usual. The Academy’s 17 branches each has three governors on the board; they can serve three consecutive three-year terms. One seat is up for reelection every year. The Board of Governors actually runs the show at the Academy, determining the strategy and mission, and keeping tabs on its financial health.

(The full list of Governors is here.)

This year, the race was opened up to allow any of the 6200-plus Academy members to run for the board. Before, the membership voted for 50% of a nominating committee that selected candidates to present to the Board. This yielded the same favorites over and over again.

Now, members of each branch can pick their own contenders. Academy CEO Dawn Hudson clearly sees the benefit of a more diverse board of Governors. In an email to members announcing
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BAFTA Announces Partnership With Beijing Film Academy

Read More: For Your Consideration: Predicting the BAFTA Award Nominations The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced their signing of an agreement with the Beijing Film Academy, a Memorandum of Understanding the pledges to link the two institutions. The Memorandum was facilitated by Amanda Berry OBE, Chief Executive of BAFTA, and Zhang Huijun, President of the Beijing Film Academy.  The partnership has been forged in pursuit of a stronger cultural exchange between the two vastly different film, television and game markets. With the signing of the memorandum, BAFTA aims to feature a series of events centered on interviews, lectures and masterclasses showcasing Chinese talent. Directors and actors like Johnnie To, Duncan Kenworthy, Eddie Redmayne and Lois Burwell have already collaborated in the cultural exchange since 2013, so BAFTA and the Beijing Film Academy is eager to bring in even more talent for 2016. The agreement is...
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Academy Picks New Board of Governors, Adds 3 Women to Last Year's Total

Academy Picks New Board of Governors, Adds 3 Women to Last Year's Total
This year's Academy Board of Governors race was more intense than usual. Women directors Kimberly Pierce and Ava DuVernay were trying to unseat incumbent veteran Michael Mann, but he kept his seat, while documentarian Rory Kennedy, the youngest daughter of the late Robert Kennedy, was elected to the Board for the first time, one of four new governors. The others are Lois Burwell, Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch; Michael Giacchino, Music Branch; and Daryn Okada, Cinematographers Branch. Yet three more women are on the board than last year, 17 to 14.  A runoff election is required for the Writers Branch, as Larry Karaszewski and Billy Ray tied. Voting for the runoff election via online and paper ballots will begin Thursday, July 16, and end Wednesday, July 22.  The Academy last held a runoff election in 2009 for the Directors Branch.   Incumbent governors reelected to the Board include Jim Bissell, Designers Branch; Tom Hanks, Actors Branch
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced its newly elected 2015–16 Board of Governors

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced its newly elected 2015–16 Board of Governors. A runoff election is required for the Writers Branch. “I’m excited to welcome our four new governors to the Board and congratulate those who have been reelected,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Our Board is made up of some of the most experienced and respected professionals in our industry, and we look forward to working with them on our ongoing goals of increasing member engagement and expanding the Academy’s outreach to our global film community.” Those elected to the Board for the first time are Lois Burwell, Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch; Michael Giacchino, Music Branch; Rory Kennedy, Documentary Branch; and Daryn Okada, Cinematographers Branch. Incumbent governors reelected to the Board include Jim Bissell, Designers Branch; Tom Hanks, Actors Branch; Kathleen Kennedy, Producers Branch; John Knoll, Visual Effects Branch; Bill Kroyer,
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Oscars: Academy Elects New Board of Governors Members

Oscars: Academy Elects New Board of Governors Members
Composer Michael Giacchino, documentary filmmaker Rory Kennedy, makeup artist Lois Burwell and cinematographer Daryn Okada have been elected to the board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization announced Friday. However, less than six months after the directors branch of the Academy failed to nominate Ava DuVernay for best director for her work on Selma, she lost in her quest to be elected by the 382 members of the branch to one of the board of governors seats. Instead, the branch reelected incumbent Michael Mann to another three-year term. The other incumbent governors

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Academy Diversity Moving Forward With 17 Women on the Board

Academy Diversity Moving Forward With 17 Women on the Board
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences now has 17 women on the board of governors, compared to 14 for the past year.

The org unveiled its new board members Friday morning. Elected to the board for the first time are Lois Burwell, makeup artists and hairstylists branch; Michael Giacchino, music branch; Rory Kennedy, documentary branch; and Daryn Okada, cinematographers branch.

Incumbent governors re-elected to the board include Jim Bissell, designers branch; Tom Hanks, actors branch; Kathleen Kennedy, producers branch; John Knoll, visual effects branch; Bill Kroyer, short films and feature animation branch; Michael Mann, directors branch; Scott Millan, sound branch; Deborah Nadoolman Landis, costume designers branch; and Bernard Telsey, casting directors branch.

Returning to the board after a hiatus are governors Jim Gianopulos, executives branch; Marvin Levy, public relations branch; and Carol Littleton, film editors branch.

There are 51 members on the board, with three reps from each of the Academy’s 17 branches.
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