Academy Elects 5 Newcomers to Board of Governors

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Five first-time governors have been elected to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences board of governors. In addition, eight incumbents have been reelected and four previous governors are returning.

The re-election of Cheryl Boone Isaacs in the PR branch is no surprise, but it paves the way for her re-election as AMPAS president.

The first-time governors are Kate Amend, documentary branch; Daniel R. Fellman, executives; Albert Berger, producers; Bob Rogers, short films and feature animation; and Mark Mangini, sound branch.

The reelected governors are Annette Bening, actors; Lora Kennedy, casting directors; Jeffrey Kurland, costume designers; Rick Carter, designers; Michael Tronick, film editors; Kathryn Blondell, makeup artists and hairstylists; Cheryl Boone Isaacs, public relations; and Phil Robinson, writers.

One of the most interesting votes is for Charles Bernstein in the music branch. After this year’s “Alone Yet Not Alone” song nomination and disqualification, some were calling for new blood and reform in the music branch. But the music branch resisted any newcomers, bringing back former governor Bernstein.

Returning to the board after a hiatus are governors Caleb Deschanel, cinematographers; Edward Zwick, directors; Bernstein, music branch; and Bill Taylor, visual effects.

The Academy’s 17 branches are each represented by three governors, who may serve up to three consecutive three-year terms.

Governors who were not up for reelection and who continue on the board are Ed Begley, Jr. and Tom Hanks, actors; David Rubin and Bernard Telsey, casting directors; John Bailey and Dante Spinotti, cinematographers; Deborah Nadoolman Landis and Judianna Makovsky, costume designers; Jim Bissell and Jan Pascale, designers; Kathryn Bigelow and Michael Mann, directors; Rob Epstein and Alex Gibney, documentary; Dick Cook and Amy Pascal, executives; Mark Goldblatt and Lynzee Klingman, film editors; Bill Corso and Leonard Engelman, makeup artists and hairstylists; Charles Fox and Arthur Hamilton, music; Mark Johnson and Kathleen Kennedy, producers; Rob Friedman and Nancy Utley, public relations; Jon Bloom and Bill Kroyer, short films and feature animation; Curt Behlmer and Scott Millan, sound; Richard Edlund and John Knoll, visual effects; and Bill Condon and Robin Swicord, writers branch.


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  1. Chip Croft says:

    Racial diversity?

  2. srvwp2013 says:

    This is yet another example of way too many cooks. How many governors are needed to change the Academy’s light bulbs? The idea of up to three consecutive three year terms of service is ludicrous. Has anyone in the Academy looked at the failed government of the United States of America? It is no wonder that the motion picture industry is in demise.

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