As The Bruce Davis Academy History Arrives, Bill Kramer Is Writing A Next Chapter

Bruce Davis, according to the notice, the Hollywood film academy is finally ready to publish its historical history. twelve years in the making; Part memoir, part chronicle; book-Academy and Awards: The Coming of Age of Oscar and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences—It is due out this fall from Brandeis University Press. A former executive director of the Academy, Davis has been rummaging through personal files ever since his retirement in 2011. Order now. Galleries are available for media upon request.

But if only he had waited a little longer. It looks like there’s another chapter going on, and this one should be a good one.

Although I don’t know Davis particularly well—in my experience, he’s not the type to waste time on useless gossip with reporters—our occasional treats were always a delight. He is clever, thoughtful, direct and generally inclined to answer questions when he answers at all. once, my Los Angeles Times Colleague Jim Bates and I dropped by to ask Davis what the Academy plans to do with the more than $100 million nest egg that we saw on our balance sheet. Well, said Bruce (in company with then-president Frank Pearson), the group was planning to spend the cash on a giant film museum that would tax its resources for years but would eventually become credits in Los Angeles and the film world. .

We got a scoop, LA got a museum, and Davis, as always, was well worth the visit.

That is why it would be so much fun to read their informed account of a transition that is just starting around the next occupant of their previous position, bill crme,

On July 18, Kramer—currently the head of the Academy Museum—will officially become the Academy’s chief executive officer (as Top Dog is now known), following don hudsonJoe Davis follows.

An active type, a good listener, and reputedly a charming, Kramer has already stirred things up by offering amusing opinions from high and low, inside and out, about the Academy and its travails. He has not announced any program. After all, he hasn’t even stepped down – nor is it clear who he will deal with as board chairman when a reshuffled group of governors (election results imminent) meets to replace the current chairman. David Rubin,

But on the way out, thunder is heard. Appointed less than a week ago — and a month before taking office — Kramer is meeting with employees, taking their temperatures, and forming opinions about changes that will have to come quickly, If at all, given the approach of the next (and first post-slap) Oscar season. Not unsurprisingly, there has been a whisper of shock. No one has been released or reappointed yet. But during his job interview, Kramer made it clear that he should be free to choose or maintain his own team.

Where this leads is too early to say. But it should be very well read in some future edition of the long-awaited Academy History, which Bruce Davis will finally publish, this fall.