Academy Board of Governors election results: Steven Spielberg, Laura Dern …

On Monday, the motion picture academy announced the results of its annual Board of Governors election. Women had numbered 18 of the 54 governors and may be again depending on the outcome of the run-off election in the Editing branch. Four years ago, there were only nine women among 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, the Casting Directors branch was created, and three At-Large governors were appointed by the board.

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Each of the 17 elected 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. In the spring,

Of the 18 women on the board of governors, seven were up for re-election. Of these, two were not in the race: director Kathryn Bigelow, who opted not to run again, and film editor Lynzee Klingman, who did not make the final four as determined by the branch executive committee — but other women entered those contests. However, Steven Spielberg prevailed among the helmers while cutter Maryann Brandon faces a run-off against Mark Goldblatt,

Of the five female governors on the ballot, three won (designer Jan Pascale, PR wiz Nancy Utley and writer Robin Swicord) and two lost. Costumer Judianna Makovsky was bested by Sharen K. Davis while executive Amy Pascal was defeated by Bill Mechanic who returns to the board after a hiatus.

Women were also running for seats in eight of the other branches and prevailed in just two of these: Actors (Laura Dern) and Music (Laura Karpman).

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Below, the breakdown of the new governors across all 18 branches of the academy, with the results of this election noted in gold (former governors seeking to return to the board are noted in italics.)

Annette Bening
Laura Dern – defeated incumbent Ed Begley, Jr. as well as Edward James Olmos, Lou Diamond Phillips
Tom Hanks

Casting Directors
Lora Kennedy
David Rubin — up for re-election: vs. Deborah Aquila, Kerry Barden, Ilene Starger
Bernard Telsey

John Bailey – up for re-election: vs. Michael Goi, Nancy Schreiber and Mandy Walker
Caleb Deschanel
Daryn Okada

Costume Designers
Sharen K. Davis – defeated incumbent Judianna Makovsky as well as Ellen Mirojnick and Marilyn Vance
Jeffrey Kurland
Deborah Nadoolman Landis

Jim Bissell
Rick Carter
Jan Pascale – up for re-election: vs. Jennifer Willams

Michael Mann
Steven Spielberg – won seat of Kathryn Bigelow, who chose not to run for re-election; vs. John Badham, Thomas Carter, Lisa Cholodenko
Edward Zwick

Kate Amend
Rory Kennedy
Roger Ross Williams – won seat of Alex Gibney, who chose not to run for re-election; vs. Michael Apted, Rob Epstein, Liz Garbus,

Daniel Fellman
Jim Gianopulos
Bill Mechanic – defeated incumbent Amy Pascal as well as Mike Medavoy, Peter Schlessel

Film Editors
Maryann Brandon vs. Mark Goldblatt; other contenders were Richard Chew and Alan Heim (current governor Lynzee Klingman didn’t make cut)
Carol Littleton
Michael Tronick

Makeup Artists and Hairstylists
Kathryn Blondell
Lois Burwell
Leonard Engelman – defeated incumbent Bill Corso as well as Howard Berger, Donald Mowat

Charles Bernstein
Michael Giacchino
Laura Karpman – won seat of Charles Fox who was vacating due to term limit: vs. Alan Bergman, Carter Burwell, Arthur Hamilton

Albert Berger
Mark Johnson – up for re-election: vs. Stephanie Allain, Hawk Koch, Paula Wagner
Kathleen Kennedy

Public Relations
Cheryl Boone Isaacs
Marvin Levy
Nancy Utley – up for re-election: vs. Tony Angellotti, Bruce Feldman, Rob Friedman

Short Films and Feature Animation
Jon Bloom – up for re-election: vs. Ron Diamond, Eric Goldberg, Bob Kurtz
Bill Kroyer
Bob Rogers

Kevin Collier – won seat of Curt Behlmer who was vacating due to term limit; vs. Richard Branca, , David W. Gray, Douglas Greenfield
Mark Mangini
Scott Millans

Visual Effects
Craig Barron – won seat of Bill Taylor who was vacating due to term limit; vs. Edwin Catmull, Michael L. Fink, Theresa Ellis Rygiel
Richard Edlund
John Knoll

Billy Ray
Phil Robinson
Robin Swicord – up for re-election: vs. James L. Brooks, Larry Karaszweski, James Schamus

Reginald Hudlin
Jennifer Yuh Nelson
Gregory Nava

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