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.