July 17, 2012 at 12:53 pm #65251
The annual rotation of one third of the members of the Academy Board of Governors has taken place. Details:
Beverly Hills, CA – Six first-time governors have been elected to the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – Dante Spinotti, representing the Cinematographers branch; Lisa Cholodenko, Directors branch; Dick Cook, Executives; John Knoll, Visual Effects; Scott Millan, Sound; and Bill Condon, Writers. In addition, seven incumbents were reelected and three other motion picture professionals will return to the Board after a time away.
Returning to the board after a hiatus are Michael Mann, Directors; Arthur Hamilton, Music; and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers. Mann previously served from 2000 to 2006. Hamilton most recently served from 2008 to 2011, he has served a total of 33 years. Kennedy was on the board from 1994 to 1997 and again from 2002 to 2011.
The reelected governors are Tom Hanks, Actors; Jim Bissell, Designers; Rob Epstein, Documentary; Mark Goldblatt, Film Editors; Leonard Engelman, Makeup and Hairstylists; Rob Friedman, Public Relations and Bill Kroyer; Short Films & Feature Animation.
Back to me: this means Kathleen Kennedy, possibly the leading contender for the Thalberg award, doesn’t win in the next three years (BoG members excluded for consideration).
Also, if I recall correctly, Tom Sherak was term limited as a board member and they now need very quickly to elect a new president.July 17, 2012 at 1:42 pm #65253
Maybe Kennedy will win the competitive award she deserves? She will likely add another nomination this year.July 17, 2012 at 2:00 pm #65254
Irrespective, she still will win the Thalberg at some point. Most Thalberg winners have previously won Oscars.July 17, 2012 at 2:30 pm #65255
Oh sure. I would just like to see her win competitively as well. A three-year Thalberg ineligibility would make a good time for it since she is likely to get her eighth nomination.July 18, 2012 at 3:46 am #65256
Wasn’t Annette Bening part of the BoG or something? What happened to her?July 18, 2012 at 8:45 am #65257
She is one of the 21 members who weren’t up for election this year, and is still on the board.
Confirmed that they need to elect a new president at their first August meeting. Sherak served three straight three year terms on the board, thus forced to retire. There is a chance he might return after a one year break, with an interim president (Hawk Koch?). Not sure how this will effect the voting on honorary Oscars, scheduled for August also.July 18, 2012 at 12:52 pm #65258
Do you the exact date of the voting by any chance? If I’m not mistake last year the Governors Awards winners were announced on August 3.July 18, 2012 at 1:02 pm #65259
At this point, we don’t know that, nor if they will be voting on honorary Oscars that night. It might be the electing a president is enough of an agenda for a single meeting, and also that they will want to have the president in place for an interim between his/her selection and the voting.