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Academy Picks New Board of Governors, Adds 3 Women to Last Year’s Total

Academy Picks New Board of Governors, Adds 3 Women to Last Year's Total

This year’s Academy Board of Governors race was more intense than usual. Women directors Kimberly Pierce and Ava DuVernay were trying to unseat incumbent veteran Michael Mann, but he kept his seat, while documentarian Rory Kennedy, the youngest daughter of the late Robert Kennedy, was elected to the Board for the first time, one of four new governors. The others are Lois Burwell, Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch; Michael Giacchino, Music Branch; and Daryn Okada, Cinematographers Branch.

Yet three more women are on the board than last year, 17 to 14. 

A runoff election is required for the Writers Branch, as Larry Karaszewski and Billy Ray tied. Voting for the runoff election via online and paper ballots will begin Thursday, July 16, and end Wednesday, July 22.  The Academy last held a runoff election in 2009 for the Directors Branch.  

Incumbent governors reelected to the Board include Jim Bissell, Designers Branch; Tom Hanks, Actors Branch; Kathleen Kennedy, Producers Branch; John Knoll, Visual Effects Branch; Bill Kroyer, Short Films and Feature Animation Branch; Michael Mann, Directors Branch; Scott Millan, Sound Branch; Deborah Nadoolman Landis, Costume Designers Branch; and Bernard Telsey, Casting Directors Branch. Incumbents often have the advantage. But Dick Cook of the executive branch and Rob Friedman of the publicists branch were replaced by two governors returning to the board after a hiatus, Jim Gianopulos, Executives Branch and Marvin Levy, Public Relations Branch.

The Academy’s 17 branches each has three governors on the board; they serve three-year terms. One seat is up for reelection every year. 

The full list of Academy governors here.

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