After weathering the biggest storm in the 89-year history of the Academy Awards, CEO Dawn Hudson has had her contract renewed for another three years. The board of governors opted to keep her on to implement the changes being put in place after the unprecedented mix-up at this year’s Oscars, when Warren Beatty was given the wrong envelope and his Best Picture co-presenter Faye Dunaway announced that “La La Land” had won instead of the real champ “Moonlight.”
The board made its decision at its monthly meeting on March 28 but did not release the following statement until late Monday (April 17). “We are confident in Dawn’s leadership of the Academy, and fully support her as she leads a strong and dedicated team of more than 350 into our ninth decade. We’re excited that Dawn will continue the Academy’s goals of globalization and inclusion, guide us toward the successful opening of an unprecedented movie museum, and lead us toward next year’s 90th Oscars.”
Hudson, who had previously overseen the Indie Spirit Awards as head of Film Independent, came to the academy in 2011 following the departure of executive director Bruce Davis after 21 years of service. At that time, the board decided to split his duties between Hudson, as CEO, and long-time academy employee Ric Robertson as COO. He exited two years later and has not been replaced. The following year, Hudson secured a three-year renewal of her contract and did so again last month.
This new deal means she will be on hand for the opening of the Academy Museum in 2019. And she can continue to oversee the drive for diversity among those invite to become members of the academy. For the last four years, Hudson has worked alongside academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs who is reaching the end of her term this summer. Her replacement will come from the 54 members of the board of governors.