Thursday, May 23, 2024

Oscars: Good News as Academy Gets First Casting Director as President (About Time), David Rubin Worked on “The English Patient,” “Men in Black” and More

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The Motion Picture Academy has its first casting director as president. David Rubin now steps in as head of the Oscars, and it’s about time. Casting directors are the heart of the movie business. Bravo! Rubin’s 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’s Wedding,” “William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet” and “Fried Green Tomatoes.”

The other elected or re-elected board members are:

  • Lois Burwell, First Vice President (chair, Awards and Events Committee)
  • Sid Ganis, Vice President (chair, Museum Committee)
  • Larry Karaszewski, Vice President (chair, Preservation and History Committee)
  • Nancy Utley, Vice President (chair, Education and Outreach Committee)
  • Mark Johnson, Treasurer (chair, Finance Committee)
  • Bonnie Arnold, Secretary (chair, Membership and Governance Committee)

And so we get ready for another Oscar season, with some potential nominees already getting in place. Labor Day, here we come!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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