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Frank Pierson re-elected Academy president

His screenwriting credits include ‘Cool Hand Luke,’ ‘Cat Ballou’
/ Source: The Associated Press

Frank Pierson, the screenwriter whose credits include “Dog Day Afternoon,” “Cat Ballou” and “Cool Hand Luke,” has been re-elected president of the Academy Awards organization.

Pierson, 79, has presided over the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences for three one-year terms since 2001. He was selected again by the group’s board of governors for his fourth and final term this week, academy representatives said Wednesday.

According to academy bylaws, no officer can serve more than four consecutive terms in one office.

Other academy officials re-elected to their posts include Gil Cates, whose credits include “Oh God: Book II” and “I Never Sang For My Father,” as co-vice president. Composer Arthur Hamilton was elected the other vice president.

Actress Kathy Bates, an Oscar-winner for “Misery,” was re-elected as academy treasurer.