It’s a big win for casting directors everywhere. Variety reports that for the first time in its history, a casting director, David Rubin, has been elected to be president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Rubin replaces John Bailey, who served for two years. Rubin’s many film credits include casting Men in Black and The English Patient. He won a Primetime Emmy in 2017 for his work casting Big Little Lies and is currently nominated for casting Sharp Objects. Surely the genius behind putting Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, and Laura Dern on the same television show is fit to run the Academy. Rubin served as governor of the Academy’s Casting Directors Branch for the past six years. Lois Burwell (Awards and Events Committee), Sid Ganis (Museum Committee), Larry Karaszewski (Preservation and History Committee) and Nancy Utley (Education and Outreach Committee) were all reelected to their positions this year. Former president John Bailey was reelected in 2018 just after becoming the subject of a sexual-harassment probe. He was cleared of all wrongdoing. Under Bailey, the Academy entered a record 928 new members in 2018. Let’s hope Rubin ups the diversity and passes on the sexual-harassment scandals.
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