David Rubin is new Academy president

Double Emmy winner is in 7th year as governor

by Jennie Kermode

Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law and Matt Damon in The Talented Mr Ripley, cast by David Rubin
Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law and Matt Damon in The Talented Mr Ripley, cast by David Rubin

David Rubin was revealed as the new President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences yesterday. The two time Emmy winner, who has cast acclaimed films like The Talented Mr Ripley, Lars And The Real Girl, Gravity and Trumbo, replaces John Bailey at the head of the board whose job it is to oversee the Academy's mission.

The popular New Yorker, who remains a governor of the Academy's Casting Directors Branch, is the first casting director ever to head up the organisation behind the Oscars. He has worked on over 80 films and numerous television series, and received the 2002 Hoyt Bowers Award for outstanding contribution to the casting profession.

Also elected to officer positions are producers Sid Ganis, Nancy Utley and Mark Johnson, make-up artist Lois Burwell, writer Larry Karaszewski and animation specialist Bonnie Arnold. Johnson and Arnold are serving on the board for the first time.

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