Oscars shockeroo: Alex Gibney beats incumbent Michael Moore for board seat

By Paul Sheehan
By Paul Sheehan
Jul 15 2013 15:07 pm
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Seven years ago, Alex Gibney won an Oscar for his feature documentary "Taxi to the Dark Side." Among those he edged out was rabblerouser Michael Moore, who contended for "Sicko," his indictment of the US healthcare system.  

On Monday, the motion picture academy announced that Gibney had been elected to the board of governors. While the news release did not reveal who he bested, it is believed that Moore was standing for re-election at the end of his first three-year term.

Moore, who won an Oscar in 2002 for "Bowling for Columbine," was an advocate for the recent changes in the Documentary Feature race that restrict nominees to only those films that were reviewed by either the LA or NY Times while allowing all academy members to vote for the winner.   

With six women among the 19 newly-elected governors, they now hold 14 seats on this body that oversees the Oscars. The board has expanded to 48 members, with three people now representing each of the 16 branches. 

There were just eight women among the 43 member of the most recent board. Expansion came about when the Art Directors branch was split into separate Designers and Costume Designers branches while Makeup Artists and Hairstylists was upped from one to three governors.  

Each governor serves for a three-year term. Those terms are staggered such that one governor from each branch is up for re-election each year. And no governor may serve for more than nine uninterrupted years. 

That time limit is why current academy president Hawk Kochs was limited to a one-year term. He was not eligible for re-election to the Producers branch and this vacancy allowed Mark Johnson, who oversaw the recent overhaul of the Foreign Language Film process, to win his seat and return to the board.

Koch's successor as president will be chosen by this new Board of Governors when they meet for the first time on July 30. 

Below, the breakdown of the 16 branches of the academy. Those governors who were just elected are in gold with those that won re-election noted with an asterisk. 

Actors
Annette Bening
Ed Begley, Jr.* 
Tom Hanks

Designers
Jim Bissell
Rick Carter
Jan Pascale

Cinematographers
John Bailey*
Richard P. Crudo
Dante Spinotti

Costume Designers
Judianna Makovsky 
Jeffrey Kurland
Deborah Nadoolman

Directors
Kathryn Bigelow*
Lisa Cholodenko
Michael Mann

Documentary
Michael Apted
Rob Epstein
Alex Gibney

Executives
Dick Cook
Amy Pascal
Robert Rehme

Film Editors
Mark L. Goldblatt 
Lynzee Klingman
Michael Tronick

Makeup Artists and Hairstylists
Kathryn Blondell
Bill Corso
Leonard Engelman

Music
Charles Fox*
Arthur Hamilton
David L. Newman

Producers
Gale Anne Hurd
Mark Johnson
Kathleen Kennedy

Public Relations
Cheryl Boone Isaacs
Rob Friedman
Nancy Utley

Short Films and Feature Animation
Jon Bloom*
Bill Kroyer
John Lasseter

Sound
Curt Behlmer*
Don Hall
Scott Millan

Visual Effects
Craig Barron
Richard Edlund*
John Knoll

Writers
Bill Condon
Phil Robinson
Robin Swicord*

Oscars: Top 20 Unforgivable Losses

20. Richard Burton ('Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf') loses Best Actor to Paul Scofield ('A Man for All Seasons')(1966)
19. Linda Blair ('The Exorcist') loses Best Supporting Actress to Tatum O'Neal ('Paper Moon'), who should have competed in the lead category in 1973
18. 'Apollo 13' loses Best Picture to 'Braveheart' (1995)
17. Clark Gable ('Gone with the Wind') loses Best Actor to Robert Donat ('Goodbye Mr. Chips') in 1939
16. Glenn Close ('The World According to Garp') loses Best Supporting Actress to Jessica Lange ('Tootsie') in 1982
15. Jaye Davidson ('The Crying Game') loses Best Supporting Actor to Gene Hackman ('Unforgiven') in 1992
14. Dustin Hoffman ('Midnight Cowboy') loses Best Actor to John Wayne ('True Grit') in 1969
13. 'Back to the Future' loses Best Original Screenplay to 'Witness' (1985)
9. 'The Man That Got Away' loses Best Original Song to 'Three Coins in the Fountain' (1954)
11. 'A Streetcar Named Desire' loses Best Picture to 'An American in Paris' (1951)
10. Peter O'Toole ('The Lion in Winter') loses Best Actor to Cliff Robertson ('Charlie') in 1969
9. Alfred Hitchcock ('Psycho') loses Best Director to Billy Wilder ('The Apartment') in 1960
8. 'Network' loses Best Picture to 'Rocky' (1976)
7. 'E.T.' loses Best Picture to 'Gandhi' (1982)
6. Felicity Huffman ('Transamerica') loses Best Actress to Reese Witherspoon ('Walk the Line') in 2005
5. 'The Social Network' loses Best Picture to 'The King's Speech' (2010)
4. Bette Davis ('All About Eve') and Gloria Swanson ('Sunset Boulevard') lose Best Actress to Judy Holliday ('Born Yesterday') in 1950
3. 'Brokeback Mountain' loses Best Picture to 'Crash' (2005)
2. Judy Garland ('A Star is Born') loses Best Actress to Grace Kelly ('The Country Girl') in 1954.
1. 'Citizen Kane' loses Best Picture to 'How Green Was My Valley' (1941)
20. Richard Burton ('Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf') loses Best Actor to Paul Scofield ('A Man for All Seasons')(1966)

OK, let's face it: We often have to endure some outrageous Oscar choices. We grin and bear them, but some doozies will never, never do. Let's count down the 20 worst snubs. Click the arrow along the right side of the photo above to continue.

Arguably, Richard Burton was Hollywood's greatest actor, but he went to his grave as Oscar's biggest loser. Among his 7 defeats was the greatest role of his esteemed career -- portraying  a warring spouse in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf," which scored Oscar victories for two of its other stars: Elizabeth Taylor and Sandy Dennis. Instead, the Best Actor gold went to Paul Scofield, who swept to victory with the Best Picture win for "A Man for All Seasons."

To count down the rest of Oscar's unforgivable losses, click the arrow to the right of the picture above.

-- Tom O'Neil and Chris Beachum

 

 
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