Whoopi Goldberg Among New Film Academy Governors

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the results of this year’s Board of Governors election.

Among those newly elected are Whoopi Goldberg (Actors Branch), Kimberly Peirce (Directors Branch) and Larry Karaszewski (Writers Branch).

Goldberg beat out fellow actors Geena Davis, Edward James Olmos and Rita Wilson for her spot. Peirce toppled Donald M. Petrie, while Karaszewski beat Aline Brosh McKenna, John Ridley and Dana Stevens.

In all, nine women were elected or re-elected to the Board.

One notable name absent from the list is Rob Friedman, who was angling for Cheryl Boone Isaacs’ soon-to-be-vacated public relations seat and was said to still be interested in running for president of the Academy. Former Academy marketing chief Christina Kounelias won that seat instead.

Those elected to the Board for the first time are:

Whoopi Goldberg, Actors Branch
Mandy Walker, Cinematographers Branch
Isis Mussenden, Costume Designers Branch
Wynn P. Thomas, Designers Branch
Kimberly Peirce, Directors Branch
David Linde, Executives Branch
Christina Kounelias, Public Relations Branch
Thomas R. Sito, Short Films and Feature Animation Branch
Teri E. Dorman, Sound Branch
Larry Karaszewski, Writers Branch

Incumbent governors reelected to the Board include:

Lora Kennedy, Casting Directors Branch
Kate Amend, Documentary Branch
Michael Tronick, Film Editors Branch
Kathryn L. Blondell, Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch
Charles Bernstein, Music Branch
Albert Berger, Producers Branch

Returning to the Board after a hiatus is:

Richard Edlund, Visual Effects Branch

Wednesday the organization announced a record number of new invites to its membership ranks, once again bolstering the group’s diversity goals.

Up next for the Academy will be the election of a new president, as Isaacs prepares to step away after her four-year tenure. That result will be revealed next month.

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