January 28, 2014 at 5:55 pm #137305
The Academy just tweeted the link to the statement:January 28, 2014 at 6:03 pm #137307
I posted this on another thread a short time ago:
Not really on topic here, but Tom Sherak, who as President of the Board of Governors implemented the switch to more than 5 nominees (an idea he supposedly came up witj), died today at 68. He had fought prostate cancer for more than a decade
As President he also oversaw removing the honorary awards into a separate event as well as the shift from Bruce Davis to Dawn Hudson as Exec Director. He might have been the most influential Academy President in decades.
I knew him when he was a top 20th Century-Fox distribution exec in the 80s and 90s – tough, aggressive guy, but a professional though and through. He also was a major fundraiser for several charities.
At a memorial a couple years ago, I chatted with him for a while and caught up on things (I knew what he was doing, he wasn’t as sure about me). Afterwards, I regretted not asking him a key question – did he every go over to Switzerland to deliver Godard’s honorary Oscar to him as he said he would? Nobody has every followed up in the press about this.January 28, 2014 at 6:10 pm #137308
Scott, I just saw your post in that forum, but not before I posted this. Thought a separate thread could discuss the academy under his presidency. As you said, he was very influencial. Glad you are able to add some info about him.January 28, 2014 at 6:11 pm #137309
Aw, I actually have such fond memories of him stumbling over names during the nominations announcements.
He seemed so spry.January 28, 2014 at 6:16 pm #137310
Awards don’t really count for much at a time like this, but I suspected he was a likely Jean Hersholt candidate in the future (this recent bout with cancer came very suddenly) because of his extensive work with charities. He was massively involved with several, raised millions upon millions of dollars. He was going to have a star in the Walk of Fame (guess still is) in April.January 29, 2014 at 12:07 am #137312
He was very charming on Oscar nominations morning, especially when trying to pronounce Michel Hazanavicious’s name. RIP!January 29, 2014 at 7:39 am #137313
My favourite was Beau Willimon.January 29, 2014 at 7:49 am #137314
He was very charming on Oscar nominations morning, especially when trying to pronounce Michel Hazanavicious’s name. RIP!
I remember him as the guy who butchered all those French plus other more common sounding names while reading out the nominations. He did it in a charming way though. And his speech at the Oscars ceremony was short and sweet as well.