The reign of women at the Academy continues. Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs had previously produced the Governors Awards, and now she’s selected film, TV and stage producer Paula Wagner (best known for her work on the first three “Mission Impossible” films and other Tom Cruise titles “Vanilla Sky” and “The Last Samurai”) to run the 5th annual awards ceremony.
It was previously announced that the Jean
Hersholt Humanitarian Award and three Honorary Awards will be presented to
Angelina Jolie, Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin and Piero Tosi, respectively, on
Saturday, November 16 in Hollywood.
Boone Isaacs stated of Wagner: “Paula’s expertise, coupled with her love for film, makes
her the ideal person to produce this special event. She is certain to deliver an exciting and
memorable evening for our honorees and guests.”
Wagner has produced or executive-produced more than 20
feature films,as well as the television film
“Five” and three Broadway plays (“The Heiress,” which received two Tony nominations, “Grace” and the recently announced “Mothers and Sons”). She began her career as an actress and
then became a top-ranking talent agent at CAA, going on to co-found
Cruise/Wagner Productions and serve as CEO for United Artists. She now continues to independently produce
film and theater through her company Chestnut Ridge Productions.
Wagner is a member of the
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Producers Guild of America and
The Broadway League. She also sits on
the boards of the PGA, the Film Forum, American Cinematheque and the National
Film Preservation Foundation.