All the women you need to know about on the new Academy Board of Governors
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are in a bit of a mess right now but that hasn’t stopped more than 180 members vying for 17 available spots on the 54 member board of governors overseeing the Academy’s strategic mission, financial health, and the Oscars. Run-off voting ended May 18th, culling the field to four nominees per branch. With the new board of Academy Governors now in we thought it was time to take a look at the women who hold the most powerful positions within one of the most powerful organisation in the world of cinema, the Academy. Get it, ladies!
The Board of Governors
Susanne Bier (elected)
Kimberly Peirce (returning)
Kate Amend (returning)
Amend is the editor of the Oscar-winning documentaries Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport and The Long Way Home.
Whoopi Goldberg (returning)
Everyone knows who Whoopi is, surely.
Laura Dern (returning)
You should also all know who Laura Dern is to.
Lois Burwell (First Vice President) (returning)
Nancy Utley (Vice President) (returning)
Nancy Utley was appointed President of Fox Searchlight Pictures in 2009. She jointly manages all aspects of the company including production, acquisitions, marketing and distribution alongside fellow President Stephen Gilula.
Casting Directors Branch
Lora Kennedy (returning)
Mandy Walker (returning)
Costume Designers Branch
Sharen K. Davis (returning)
Isis Mussenden (returning)
Mussenden’s credits include The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe (and two additional sequels), American Psycho, and The Wolverine. In addition, she was the first costume designer to receive costume-design credit for animation on Shrek, Shrek 2, and Puss in Boots.
The producers branch, will have a runoff election, as the balloting resulted in a tie. Competing for the seat were producers Jason Blum (Get Out), Michael De Luca (The Social Network), Jennifer Todd (Memento) and Janet Yang (Empire of the Sun). The voting resulted in a tie between Blum and Todd. The runoff election will begin Monday and end Tuesday.
Robin Swicord (returning)
Swicord received an Oscar nomination for Adapted Screenplay for for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Her writing credits also include Little Women, Matilda, Memoirs of a Geisha. She also wrote and directed The Jane Austen Book Club, and Wakefield.