Oscars: Board Elections Advance to Next Round, But Netflix's Ted Sarandos Loses in His Bid

Brett Ratner and Queen Latifah also came up short, but Geena Davis, Whoopi Goldberg and Rita Wilson (whose husband Tom Hanks already serves on the board) are among those advancing to the "final four" round.
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The Academy's board of governors photographed in 2016

The future of Hollywood may well belong to Netflix but, at least for one more year, a seat on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' board of governors will not. That's because the streaming service's chief Ted Sarandos, along with dozens of others, did not advance to the second round of voting in the race for seats on the board of governors.

The initial phase involved the members of each of the Academy's 17 branches selecting "final four" candidates for one seat representing their respective branch. No branch could advance more than four candidates to the next round; two advanced fewer because fewer expressed an interest in running. In the next round, which begins on Monday, June 19, and closes Friday, June 23, members of each branch will elect one of the finalists to represent them on the full 54-member board, where each branch already is represented by two other governors (terms are staggered so that only one set representing each branch comes up for election each year).

Sarandos was one of 13 candidates for a governorship representing the executives branch, which instead advanced incumbent Daniel R. Fellman, along with former Disney chief and former Academy treasurer Dick Cook, Lucy Fisher and David Linde. Sony Classics co-chief Michael Barker and Annapurna distribution president Erik Lomis also came up short.

Another interesting race is for the public relations branch's governorship, which is being vacated by Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who has termed out as president and chosen not to run for re-election as a governor after the better part of a quarter-century of service (save for the occasional "off year," which Academy governors are required to take, after serving three consecutive terms, before running again). Lionsgate co-chair and former Academy vice president Rob Friedman, who unsuccessfully opposed Boone Isaacs for the presidency before losing his seat in a subsequent election, returns to contention, along with former Academy marketing chief Christina Kounelias (now at Participant Media) and two veteran PR executives, Tony Angellotti and Bruce R. Feldman (perhaps the most outspoken critic of the Academy board's response to the #OscarsSoWhite controversy).

The producers branch has pitted incumbent Albert Berger (Nebraska) against former Academy president Hawk Koch (who has lost in subsequent attempts to return to the board) and two of the hottest young producers in the business, Jason Blum (Get Out) and Michael De Luca (50 Shades of Grey and the infamous 89th Oscars). Meanwhile, the actors branch — the Academy's largest, by far — will replace termed-out incumbent Annette Bening with either one of two past female Oscar winners, Geena Davis (who now runs an institute studying gender in Hollywood) or Whoopi Goldberg (currently a host of The View); or an Oscar nominee of Native American descent, Edward James Olmos; or Rita Wilson, whose husband Tom Hanks already represents the branch on the board. Oscar nominees Queen Latifah and Jacki Weaver were among those who didn't make the cut.

Directors branch incumbent Edward Zwick is not seeking re-election and will be replaced by either John Badham, Kasi Lemmons, Kimberly Peirce or Donald M. Petrie — but not Brett Ratner. Short films and feature animation governor Bob Rogers also has elected to vacate his seat, which paves the way for Disney-Pixar president Ed Catmull, Darlie Brewster, Bob Kurtz or Thomas R. Sito. (Some of the branch's members have grumbled to The Hollywood Reporter that Catmull only transferred into their branch, from the visual effects branch, a few months ago, and shouldn't be eligible to represent a group that he hasn't even belonged to for a year — but clearly they were outnumbered.)

Meanwhile, in the race for the cinematographers branch's seat, Mandy Walker, one of the few female lensers who regularly works on features (none ever has won an Oscar), could join the board if she holds off Dion Beebe, Russell P. Carpenter and Guillermo Navarro, all of whom are angling to claim the seat being vacated by Caleb Deschanel. And past governor Rosemary Brandenburg, John F. DeCuir, Jr., Melissa Stewart and Wynn P. Thomas all are vying for the seat on the designers branch previously held by Rick Carter, who is not seeking re-election.

Sound branch incumbent Mark Mangini is being challenged by three female practitioners of his craft — Bobbi Banks, Teri E. Dorman and Anna MacKenzie — for the opportunity to represent a branch that has never been represented by a woman. Documentary branch incumbent Kate Amend is back in the running, facing off against Julie Goldman, Morgan Spurlock and Molly Thompson. Visual effects branch incumbent Bill Taylor will have to fend off past governor Richard Edlund, Weta Digital titan Joe Letteri and Theresa Ellis Rygiel in order to return to his seat. Michael Tronick, the incumbent for the film editors branch, is up against Dody J. Dorn, Tina Hirsch and Richard Marks. And music branch incumbent Charles Bernstein is being opposed by past governor Charles Fox, three-time Oscar winner Alan Bergman and John C. Debney.

There was no suspense about the finalists for three branches, which failed to field more than four candidates in the first round, meaning all advance to the second. Termed-out writers branch governor and Academy vice president Phil Alden Robinson will be replaced by either 12 Years a Slave Oscar winner John Ridley, The People vs. O.J. Simpson co-writer Larry Karaszewski (who lost in a run-off two years ago and outright last year), Aline Brosh McKenna or Dana Stevens. Casting directors branch incumbent Lora Kennedy is up against Kerry Barden, Joseph Middleton and Ilene Starger. Costume designers Judianna Makovsky, Ellen Mirojnick and Isis Mussenden are the only three candidates vying to replace termed-out Jeffrey Kurland, and incumbent Kathryn L. Blondell and Martin Samuel are the only two candidates in the makeup artists and hairstylsts race.

Below is a full list of the candidates who advanced.

 

Geena Davis

Actors

Whoopi Goldberg

Actors

Edward James Olmos

Actors

Rita Wilson

Actors

Kerry Barden

Casting Directors

Lora Kennedy

Casting Directors

Joseph Middleton

Casting Directors

Ilene Starger

Casting Directors

Dion Beebe

Cinematographers

Russell P. Carpenter

Cinematographers

Guillermo Navarro

Cinematographers

Mandy Walker

Cinematographers

Judianna Makovsky

Costume Designers

Ellen Mirojnick

Costume Designers

Isis Mussenden

Costume Designers

Rosemary Brandenburg

Designers

John F. DeCuir, Jr.

Designers

Melissa Stewart

Designers

Wynn P. Thomas

Designers

John Badham

Directors

Kasi Lemmons

Directors

Kimberly Peirce

Directors

Donald M. Petrie

Directors

Kate Amend

Documentary

Julie Goldman

Documentary

Morgan Spurlock

Documentary

Molly Thompson

Documentary

Dick Cook

Executives

Daniel R. Fellman

Executives

Lucy Fisher

Executives

David Linde

Executives

Dody J. Dorn

Film Editors

Tina Hirsch

Film Editors

Richard Marks

Film Editors

Michael Tronick

Film Editors

Kathryn L. Blondell

Makeup Artists and Hairstylists

Martin Samuel

Makeup Artists and Hairstylists

Alan Bergman

Music

Charles Bernstein

Music

John C. Debney

Music

Charles Fox

Music

Albert Berger

Producers

Jason Blum

Producers

Michael De Luca

Producers

Hawk Koch

Producers

Tony Angellotti

Public Relations

Bruce R. Feldman

Public Relations

Rob Friedman

Public Relations

Christina Kounelias

Public Relations

Darlie Brewster

Short Films and Feature Animation

Edwin Catmull

Short Films and Feature Animation

Bob Kurtz

Short Films and Feature Animation

Thomas R. Sito

Short Films and Feature Animation

Bobbi Banks

Sound

Teri E. Dorman

Sound

Anna MacKenzie

Sound

Mark Mangini

Sound

Richard Edlund

Visual Effects

Joe Letteri

Visual Effects

Theresa Ellis Rygiel

Visual Effects

Bill Taylor

Visual Effects

Larry Karaszewski

Writers

Aline Brosh McKenna

Writers

John Ridley

Writers

Dana Stevens

Writers

 

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