Motion Picture Academy Elects David Rubin Its New President


by Patrick Hipes

Burwell, Ganis, Karaszewski and Utley were re-elected to their posts, while Arnold and Johnson were elected to officer positions for the first time. His many film credits include The English Patient, Men in Black, Hairspray, Lars and the Real Girl, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Get Shorty, My Best Friend Wedding, William Shakespeare Romeo + Juliet, Fried Green Tomatoes, Trumbo, Wild, Gravity, Cold Mountain, My Cousin Vinny and Days of Thunder.

The Casting Society of America congratulates its member David, as well as AMPAS, and we know he will be a successful and effective president.

'Going into tonight sources inside the Oscar organizer said only Rubin and Burwell had put their names in for contention for the presidency. Some dark horse candidates had been bandied about at various times including Actors Branch governor Laura Dern, who was heavily speculated to run in 2017 but in the end did not.

Deadline had also heard the names of past president Ganis, Utley and longtime board member Jeffrey Kurland from the Costume Designers branch. Rubin actually ran two years ago but was beaten by Bailey, whose name came up during the meeting as a surprise alternative.

Among the issues facing Rubin when he takes over include the ever-evolving Oscars, from choosing a producer for the 92nd edition set for February 9, 2020, to deciding whether it will go hostless again (this year Academy Awards went without one and improved its ratings by 12% from the previous all-time low of the 90th ceremony).

He also will help spearhead the continuing drive toward parity and diversity in the membership, and likely will preside over the expected opening of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, now planned to debut in 2020.

Published on August 7, 2019
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