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Rejoice: Film academy elects first African-American president!

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the group which awards the Oscars each year, has elected its first African-American president.

Cheryl Boone Isaacs was elected by the board of governors to lead the Academy on Tuesday night, The Hollywood Reporter said.

Boone Isaacs, a veteran marketing executive who currently heads CBI Enterprises, is only the third woman to lead the 86-year-old Academy. The first two female presidents were actress Bette Davis and screenwriter Fay Kanin.

Boone Isaacs has previously served as president of theatrical marketing for New Line Cinema and executive vice president of worldwide publicity at Paramount Pictures. Earlier this year, she produced the 4th annual Governors Awards for the Academy.

Boone Isaacs will replace Hawk Koch, a producer who left the board because of term limits. According to Entertainment Weekly, one of her first jobs will be to select a host for the March 2 Oscar telecast.

The Academy has traditionally been overwhelmingly white and male. A study by the Los Angeles Times in 2012 found that Oscar voters were nearly 94 percent Caucasian and 77 percent male. In the past year, the organization has been expanding to include more women and film professionals from various backgrounds. Current membership now stands at 6,000.

by Anonymousreply 707/31/2013

Why should anyone rejoice? Congratulations to her, but it is hardly a social statement. If it is, then she is either not qualified to hold the post or not as qualified as someone else. From the list of her accomplishments, it seems that she is very qualified. But this won't feed kids in Detroit, so, while some might be pleased, it is not an occasion for "celebration."

by Anonymousreply 107/31/2013

Whenever I find black has been placed in a top job it seems the staff of the organization becomes more black. It is as if the head feels an obligation to hire more of the same ethnic group because "you know, to make up for past injustices". The one result of this will be more "inclusion" among the operations. Just don't piss off the MOT's.

by Anonymousreply 207/31/2013

ONTD is sooooo happy.

by Anonymousreply 507/31/2013

After having twice elected our first African-American president, haven't we reached the point that it's no longer really necessary to make a point of noting these achievements?

by Anonymousreply 607/31/2013

[quote]After having twice elected our first African-American president, haven't we reached the point that it's no longer really necessary to make a point of noting these achievements?

You would think so, yes, but people don't just make note of the "first black this" or the "first black that." We also commonly make note of the first openly gay person to hold a particular position or office that no openly gay person has ever held before, and we still do it if it happens to be the first woman, too.

Lots of barriers are still coming down, even in 2013, and special mention is given where warranted. Granted, these kinds of things *shouldn't* be a big deal anymore but they still are, so someone making note of them does not surprise me.

by Anonymousreply 707/31/2013
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