AirTalk for August 1, 2013

New Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs on who will host the next Oscars

Cheryl Boone Isaacs is the first African-American to become Academy President

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Cheryl Boone Isaacs is the first African-American to become Academy President

Tuesday night at a meeting of the leadership of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the governing body that runs the Oscars, the group of 48 board members selected Cheryl Boone Isaacs to be the organizations next president. Isaacs will be the first-ever African American leader, and the first woman to lead the organization in more than 30 years.

A historical appointment for sure, but the honeymoon will end quickly, as Isaacs will immediately need to dive into the Academy’s many challenges, including heavy criticism of recent Oscar nights, the opening of a museum, the diversification of the Academy’s voting membership...oh yeah, and signing a host for the 2014 Oscars would be a good idea.

How will she tackle these challenges? What can she do to broaden the mostly white, male Academy?

Guest:
Cheryl Boone Isaacs, newly elected president of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences


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