Cheryl Boone Isaacs, a Public Relations Branch governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, was re-elected Tuesday night as president of the Academy Foundation, the educational and cultural arm of the Academy. This is Isaacs' second term as president.
In addition, Executives Branch governor Robert Rehme was re-elected VP, Film Editors Branch governor Donn Cambern was re-elected VP, Public Relations Branch governor and current Academy President Sid Ganis was elected treasurer, and Executives Branch governor Tom Sherak was elected secretary. Academy Executive Director Bruce Davis remains executive secretary of the Foundation.
It is through the Academy Foundation that the Academy presents myriad public programs each year. These include, among others, the "Gold Standard," "Great To Be Nominated," "Oscar's Docs" and "Contemporary Documentaries" screening series, Academy Tech Council programming, tributes such as the upcoming "Salute to Leslie Caron" and exhibitions like "Ink & Paint: The Art of Hand-Drawn Animation" and "Pulling Back the Drapes: Set Decoration Revealed," both currently on display at the Academy's Beverly Hills headquarters.
The Foundation is also responsible for conducting the annual Student Academy Awards and Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competitions, presenting a variety of annual lectures and seminars, including the August 27 George Pal Celebration of Fantasy in Film, and awarding over $1 million each year in financial grants to film scholars, film festivals, and film-related institutions and programs.
The world-renowned Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive also operate under the Academy Foundation banner.
Academy Foundation trustees are elected annually by the Board of Governors. Foundation trustees for 2008-2009 are: Annette Bening (Actors Branch), Jon Bloom (Short Films and Feature Animation Branch), James L. Brooks (Writers), Cambern, Caleb Deschanel (Cinematographers), Ganis, Jim Gianopulos (Executives), Mark Goldblatt (Film Editors), Arthur Hamilton (Music), Isaacs, Kevin O'Connell (Sound), Frank Pierson (Writers), Rehme, Sherak, Bill Taylor (Visual) and Henry Winkler (Actors).
The Academy Foundation was established in 1942 to oversee all educational, preservation and cultural activities of the Academy. Its trustees and officers serve one-year terms.