Academy Award-Winner Bruce Cohen Tapped to Produce the 83rd Academy Awards

Entertainment Weekly announced yesterday that Academy Award-winning producer Bruce Cohen has been selected to produce the 83rd Academy Awards. Bruce Cohen produced  Milk, the Oscar nominated and GLAAD Media Award winning film which chronicles the life and times of Harvey Milk, who was the first openly gay politician to hold public office. Cohen also previously won a Best Picture Academy Award for producing American Beauty.

Bruce Cohen accepting his award for Milk at the 20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles

Cohen is teaming up with veteran Emmy producer Don Mischer for next year's Oscar telecast. A host has not yet officially been announced. This will be the duo's first production of this widely viewed awards show, which is slated to air on February 27, 2011. While Milk was Cohen's first Oscar nominated LGBT-inclusive film, he also executive produced the LGBT classic, To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar. A longtime LGBT activist, Cohen is a former member of Outfest's Board of Directors and supports the HRC and GLAAD. Cohen was legally married to his partner in 2008, in a ceremony officiated by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in city hall. GLAAD applauds Cohen not only for his dedication to increasing LGBT visibility through his career as an LGBT-inclusive film producer, but for also fighting for LGBT rights outside of his professional career.