Diane Weyermann Leaves Oscars International Committee, Susanne Bier Steps In

Weyermann recused herself because her company, Participant Media, has a contender in this year’s race

Diane Weyermann, left, with Larry Karaszewski / AMPAS

Diane Weyermann, who for the past two years has served as co-chair of the executive committee that oversees the Oscars’ Best International Feature Film competition, has stepped down from that position and recused herself from the committee this year, the Academy confirmed on Tuesday.

Weyermann did so because Participant Media, the company for which she serves as head of documentaries, was involved in the acquisition of a film in this year’s race, and is distributing that film. Weyermann is not herself credited on the film.

Larry Karaszewski will continue to serve as co-chair of the International Feature Film Award Executive Committee, and Academy President David Rubin has appointed director Susanne Bier to serve as co-chair in Weyermann’s place. Bier’s film “In a Better World” won the Oscar in 2011, when the category was called Best Foreign Language Film.

In 2018, when Karaszewski and Weyermann took over leadership of the committee after a lengthy run by Mark Johnson, the prime contender and eventual winner was “Roma,” in which Participant was also involved. At the time, TheWrap asked Weyermann if she saw that as a conflict of interest, and she said it wasn’t because she had nothing to do with the company’s narrative division.

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