Last Friday, the motion picture academy announced the names of the record 322 people who had been asked to join the 6,000 strong organization. However, those who accept this invitation won’t be eligible to vote in the current Board of Governors election. Voting began on June 24 and concludes this Thursday (July 2).
Each of the 17 branches of the academy is represented by three governors who serve three-year terms. 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.
Of the 14 women on the current board of governors, only two — producer Kathleen Kennedy and costumer Deborah Nadoolman Landis — are up for re-election. However, as reported by our pal Scott Feinberg (The Hollywood Reporter), women are also running for seats in 11 of the other branches. Were they all to win, women would represent 25 of the 51 governors. Just three years ago, women numbered only nine of the then 43 governors. Since then, the Art Directors branch was split into Designers and Costume Designers branches with three governors apiece, Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch went from one to three governors and the Casting Directors branch was created.
A dozen of the 17 branches have sitting governors battling to keep their seats. Another three — Documentary, Film Editors and Makeup & Hairstylists — have wide-open races due to term limits. And two – Cinematographers and Writers — have governors not seeking re-election.
Among those facing the fiercest fights are Tom Hanks (Actors), Michael Mann (Directors), Dick Cook (Executives) and Kennedy (Producers).
Actors: Those squaring off against Hanks, a two-time Oscar champ (“Philadelphia,” 1993; “Forrest Gump,” 1994), are past Oscar nominees Amy Madigan and Edward James Olmos.
Directors: Lisa Choldokenko, who lost her bid for re-election last year to Edward Zwick, is hoping to defeat the incumbent Mann this year. She had only served two years, rather than the standard three, as she replaced Paul Mazursky when he stepped down after one year in 2012. That was the same year that saw the return of Mann, who had been on the board from 2000 to 2006. Two other women — Ava DuVernay and Kimberly Peirce — are also in this contest.
Executive: Cook, the former chair of Disney Studios, is currently also the Treasurer and faces a former board member, Fox head honcho Jim Gianopulos. In addition, Gianopulos’ fellow Fox exec Stacy Snider and Lucy Fisher are in the running.
Producers: Hawk Koch, who served one-year as academy president before term limits forced him off the board in 2013, is hoping to unseat Kennedy, an eight-time nominee for Best Picture. Also in that race are Stephanie Allain and Jennifer Todd.
Below, the breakdown of the governors, both sitting and up for re-election, across all 17 branches of the academy. (Former governors seeking to return to the board are noted in italics.)
Ed Begley, Jr.
Tom Hanks – up for re-election: vs. Amy Madigan, Edward James Olmos
Jim Bissell – up for re-election: vs. Nathan Crowley, Tom Dussield, Ed Veloreaux
Bernard Telsey – up for re-election: vs. Denice Chamian, Nancy Foy, Margery Simkin
Dante Spinotti – vacating; Richard Crudo, Guillermo Navarro, Daryn Okada, Mandy Walker
Deborah Nadoolman Landis – up for re-election: vs. Ruth Carter, Ellen Mirojnick, Julie Weiss
Michael Mann – up for re-election: vs. Lisa Cholodenko, Ava DuVernay, Kimberly Peirce
Rob Epstein – term limit: Orlando Bagwell, Karen Goodman, Davis Guggenheim, Rory Kennedy
Dick Cook – up for re-election: vs. Jim Gianopulos, Lucy Fisher, Stacey Snider
Mark L. Goldblatt – term limit: Maryanne Brandon, Carol Littleton, Stephen Rivkin, Terilyn A. Shropshire
Makeup Artists and Hairstylists
Leonard Engelman – term limit: Howard Berger, Lois Burwell, Donald Mowat, Robert Ryan
Arthur Hamilton – up for re-election: vs. Marco Beltrami, Michael Giacchino, Patrick Williams
Kathleen Kennedy – up for re-election: vs. Stephanie Allain, Hawk Koch, Jennifer Todd
Cheryl Boone Isaacs
Rob Friedman – up for re-election: vs. Marvin Levy, Terry Press, Dawn Taubin
Short Films and Feature Animation
Bob Rogers – up for re-election: vs. Eric Goldberg, Bob Kurtz, Theresa Wiseman
Scott Millans – up for re-election: vs. Paul Massey, Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom
Bill Taylor – up for re-election: vs. Peter Anderson, Craig Barron, Thaddeus Beier
Bill Condon – vacating; Larry Karaszewski, Billy Ray, James Schamus, Dana Stevens