There's A New Academy President, And It's Not Laura Dern
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted late Tuesday night to elect a new president, and despite the buzz surrounding the candidacy of actress Laura Dern, the winner was cinematographer John Bailey.
The Academy said in a statement Tuesday that Bailey, who has worked in the industry for almost a half-century and whose prolific body of work includes The Big Chill, Groundhog Day and As Good As It Gets, would succeed outgoing president Cheryl Boone Isaacs. Dern proposed a co-presidency but ultimately did not run for the position, Variety reports, allegedly because of her commitment to her acting career.
Bailey, 74, was elected to serve a one-year term as Academy president out of a possible four-year maximum. Although Bailey's body of work is undoubtedly impressive, many hoped to see Boone Isaacs, the Academy's first black and third female president, succeeded by a more diverse candidate, particularly in the wake of the #OscarsSoWhite controversy that has highlighted the Academy's lack of commitment to representation.