American Gigolo cinematographer John Bailey elected as Academy president

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Agosto 9, 2017

John Bailey was elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tonight by the organization's board of governors.

The 74-year-old will oversee the day-to-day operations of the organisation as well as preparations for next year's (18) 90th Oscars ceremony.

Variety reports Bailey's win as a major surprise; casting director David Rubin and filmmaker Rory Kennedy had also been strong candidates, and Laura Dern was originally the preferred choice, though she reportedly proposed a co-presidency before choosing not to run due to other commitments.

Bailey succeeds Cheryl Boone Isaacs as Academy president.

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 colour were nominated to compete at the 2016 Oscars.

Board members may serve up to four consecutive one-year terms in a post, and Gianapulos, Kennedy, Rubin and Utley were all re-elected to posts they had previously held.

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 victor. This will be the first officer stint for Burwell and Tronick. In 2014, Bailey received the American Society of Cinematographers Lifetime Achievement Award.

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