Oscars: Academy Elects New Board of Governors Members

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New additions include Lois Burwell, Michael Giacchino, Rory Kennedy, and Daryn Okada.

Composer Michael Giacchino, documentary filmmaker Rory Kennedy, makeup artist Lois Burwell and cinematographer Daryn Okada have been elected to the board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization announced Friday.

However, less than six months after the directors branch of the Academy failed to nominate Ava DuVernay for best director for her work on Selma, she lost in her quest to be elected by the 382 members of the branch to one of the board of governors seats. Instead, the branch reelected incumbent Michael Mann to another three-year term.

The other incumbent governors who were reelected include Jim Bissell, designers branch; Tom Hanks, actors; Kathleen Kennedy, producers; John Knoll, visual effects; Bill Kroyer, short films and feature animation; Scott Millan, sound; Deborah Nadoolman Landis, costume designers; and Bernard Telsey, casting directors. 

Several previous board members are also returning to the board. They are Fox's Jim Gianopulos, representing the executives branch; Steven Spielberg spokesman Marvin Levy, the publicists branch; and Carol Littleton, the film editors branch.

The vote of the writers branch resulted in a tie between Larry Karaszewski and Billy Ray, and so a run-off election, conducted using both online and paper balloting, will be held beginning July 16 and concluding July 22. Run-offs aren't unprecedented, the directors branch having held one in 2009.

While there were 14 women on the previous 51-person board, the number of women increases to 17 as a result of the new election.

Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs hailed the new members, saying, "I'm excited to welcome our four new governors to the board and congratulate those who have been reelected. Our board is made up of some of the most experienced and respected professionals in our industry, and we look forward to working with them on our ongoing goals of increasing member engagement and expanding the Academy's outreach to our global film community."

“I’m excited to welcome our four new governors to the Board and congratulate those who have been reelected,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs.  “Our Board is made up of some of the most experienced and respected professionals in our industry, and we look forward to working with them on our ongoing goals of increasing member engagement and expanding the Academy’s outreach to our global film community.”

Each of the Academy's 17 branches are represented on the board by three governors, who are elected to staggered three-year terms. One-third of the governors come up for election each year. Board members can serve up to three successive, three-year terms.
 
Next up, the new board will elect officers for its upcoming year. Officers can serve up to four successive, one-year terms. And so Boone Isaacs, who has served two terms as president so far, will be eligible to be reelected for a third.

 

 

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