When Hawk Koch was elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences earlier this week, he made history as the first child of a previous president (Howard W. Koch) to also hold the position. He takes on the job after a period of remarkable change at the Academy, including the rejiggering and then re-rejiggering of the Best Picture category and the announcement of an official Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles. EW chatted with Koch from his Academy office earlier today, where he shared his thoughts on the best Oscars moments of the past few years, his hope for expanding the voting base for the Best Foreign Language Film category, and his own picks for his favorite films of all time. Check out our conversation below:
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You’ve said that the most important thing for you is to get a producer and a host for the Academy Awards. So what have been some of your favorite parts about Academy Awards of the last few years?
HAWK KOCH: I think it was [producers] Larry Mark and Bill Condon’s idea when they produced it — the former Academy winners getting up onstage and looking down on the nominees and telling them what happened to them and what they were feeling and explaining what they felt. I wasn’t as thrilled the next year where we tried to do it a little bit differently, but all the people who had won before — I thought that was great. I really liked Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway dancing. I like a lot of the legacy things, showing the stuff that we’ve done over the years always chokes me up. We now have the honorary awards in a separate dinner, but we really got it right honoring them on the awards show. It really meant a lot I think with Oprah and Dick Smith and James Earl Jones. READ FULL STORY