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Paula Wagner Set to Produce the Academy's 5th Annual Governors Awards

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood September 12, 2013 at 1:53PM

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.
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Paula Wagner
Paula Wagner

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.

This article is related to: Awards, Awards, Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.