The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences named Fernando Garcia as its Executive Vice President, Member Relations and Awards. - AmNews Curtain Raiser


Tuesday, January 19, 2021

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences named Fernando Garcia as its Executive Vice President, Member Relations and Awards.


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has named Fernando Garcia as its Executive Vice President, Member Relations and Awards.

Fernando Garcia joins The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as Executive Vice President, Member Relations and Awards.

Garcia will lead engagement and outreach initiatives for the organization’s worldwide membership of over 10,000 artists, filmmakers, and executives, and oversee Academy Awards® processes for submissions, nominations, voting, and balloting.  Garcia will also work with the Academy’s Office of Representation, Inclusion, and Equity and the Branch Executive Committees on member representation and inclusion efforts, heightening awareness of diverse filmmakers worldwide who meet membership criteria.  He will report to Academy COO Christine Simmons.

“Fernando is an innovative thinker with a deep passion for movies and a true appreciation for the people who make them,” said Simmons.  “He joins the Academy’s leadership at a pivotal time, and we are confident he is just the person to lead our global membership forward and further the Academy’s mission to support, identify, and champion talent in our filmmaking community.”

Garcia has over two decades of experience in developing marketing and publicity campaigns for films across a range of special projects and events, domestic and international film festivals, brand partnerships and promotions, publicity stunts, conventions, and film and television awards campaigns.  

He most recently served as president of The Fernando Garcia Company, where his clients included Amazon Studios, Disney, NBC, New Regency, and Prime Video.  Previously, he served as vice president of special projects & events at Paramount Pictures.  He has worked on a diverse slate of films including “Dreamgirls,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” four films in the “Transformers” franchise, “Iron Man,” “Kung Fu Panda,” the franchise reboot of “Star Trek,” “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” “World War Z,” “Nebraska” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.”  He began his career at DreamWorks Pictures on the films “Almost Famous” and “Gladiator,” and helped develop the launch of the “Shrek” film franchise.  Garcia has worked with major marketing and publicity entities all over the world including the United Kingdom, Russia, Hong Kong, China, Brazil, Italy, Mexico, and France.  He is a member of the Academy’s Marketing and Public Relations Branch.

Garcia is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts and Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.  He is on the Western Council of the Actors Fund of America and works with Conservation International and the USC Alumni Association.

“I’m so thrilled to be joining the Academy’s leadership team,” said Garcia.  “I look forward to working with them to find new ways of bringing together the incredible individuals who create the films we all love, and to uplifting great filmmaking from all around the world.” 

Garcia starts on February 8.  Oscar nominations will be announced on March 15, 2021. 

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the ABC Television Network announced the 93rd Oscars® ceremony will move to Sunday, April 25, 2021, as a result of the global pandemic caused by COVID-19. 

The show, which will air live on ABC, was originally scheduled for February 28, 2021.  Coinciding with the Oscars celebration, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, initially scheduled to open to the public on December 14, 2020, will now open on April 30, 2021, also as a result of the health crisis.

Academy key dates for the 2020/2021 Oscar season are as follows:

Preliminary voting begins Monday, February 1, 2021

Preliminary voting ends         Friday, February 5, 2021

Oscar Shortlists                 Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Nominations voting begins Friday, March 5, 2021

Nominations voting ends         Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Oscar Nominations Announcement  

Monday, March 15, 2021

Oscar Nominees Luncheon Thursday, April 15, 2021

Finals voting begins         Thursday, April 15, 2021

Museum Gala                         Saturday, April 17, 2021

Finals voting ends                 Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Oscars Oscar                      Sunday, April 25, 2021

Museum Public Opening         Friday, April 30, 2021


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