Cultural Events In Los Angeles
Jul 032017




In response to the many voices calling for Oscars’ diversity, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has recently made a historic – and praiseworthy – effort to improve its inclusiveness. In an unparalleled gesture, the Academy invited 774 new members from 57 countries making sure that women and people of color are fairly represented. (Read more about the new and diversified Academy’s membership here:

Now, in keeping with the new policy, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences introduced its newly elected 2017–18 Board of Governors.

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

The Academy’s 17 branches are each represented by three governors, who may serve up to three consecutive three-year terms. The Board of Governors sets the Academy’s strategic vision, preserves the organization’s financial health, and assures the fulfillment of its mission.

For a full list of Academy governors, click here.



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