Los Angeles, Calif. – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced its newly elected 2021–2022 Board of Governors. The governors will take office at the first scheduled board meeting of the new term.
Elected to the Board for the first time:
Rita Wilson, Actors Branch
Kim Taylor-Coleman, Casting Directors Branch
Paul Cameron, Cinematographers Branch
Eduardo Castro, Costume Designers Branch
Jean Tsien, Documentary Branch
Pam Abdy, Executives Branch
Terilyn A. Shropshire, Film Editors Branch
Laura C. Kim, Marketing and Public Relations Branch
Lesley Barber, Music Branch
Gary C. Bourgeois, Sound Branch
Brooke Breton, Visual Effects Branch
Howard A. Rodman, Writers Branch
Incumbent governors reelected to the Board:
Susanne Bier, Directors Branch
Jennifer Todd, Producers Branch
Tom Duffield, Production Design Branch
Bonnie Arnold, Short Films and Feature Animation Branch
Returning to the Board after a hiatus:
Bill Corso, Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch
They will join returning governors Kate Amend, Craig Barron, Howard Berger, Charles Bernstein, Jon Bloom, Rob Bredow, Ruth E. Carter, Kevin Collier, Laura Dern, Teri E. Dorman, Dody J. Dorn, Ava DuVernay, Linda Flowers, DeVon Franklin, Rodrigo García, Donna Gigliotti, Whoopi Goldberg, Lynette Howell Taylor, Mark Johnson, Larry Karaszewski, Laura Karpman, Christina Kounelias, Ellen Kuras, David Linde, Isis Mussenden, Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Jan Pascale, Stephen Rivkin, Eric Roth, David Rubin, Steven Spielberg, Wynn P. Thomas, Nancy Utley, Mandy Walker, Roger Ross Williams, Janet Yang and Debra Zane.
As a result of this election, the number of women Academy governors increases from 26 to 31 and the number of governors from underrepresented racial/ethnic communities increases from 12 to 15.
The Academy’s 17 branches are each represented by three governors, who may serve up to two three-year terms (consecutive or non-consecutive), followed by a two-year hiatus, after which eligibility renews for up to two additional three-year terms, for a lifetime maximum of 12 years. The Board of Governors sets the Academy’s strategic vision, preserves the organization’s financial health, and assures the fulfillment of its mission.
For a full list of the current 2020-2021 Academy governors, click here.
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
The Board of Governors directs the Academy’s strategic vision, preserves the organization’s financial health and assures the fulfillment of its mission.
Governors attend 6-8 board meetings annually (in person or by video conference when out of town). Each Governor also serves on one board oversight committee and their branch’s executive committee, and they are expected to represent their branch at numerous Academy events through the year.
Governors have fiduciary responsibilities imposed by state law to serve the Academy’s best interests, by acting with responsibility and care when approving annual goals presented by management, as well as major policies concerning governance.
CEO Dawn Hudson oversees a staff of more than 400 who conduct the Academy’s day-to-day business.
OFFICERS 2020 – 2021
PRESIDENT – DAVID RUBINMr. Rubin’s career as a casting director includes more than 90 motion pictures, including “The English Patient,” “Men in Black,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” and “Lars and the Real Girl.” In 2002, he received the Casting Society of America’s Hoyt Bowers Award for outstanding contribution to the casting profession. Mr. Rubin is a governor of the Casting Directors Branch.
FIRST VICE PRESIDENT – LOIS BURWELLMs. Burwell won an Oscar for her makeup work on “Braveheart” and was nominated for “Saving Private Ryan.” Her other feature credits include “The Princess Bride,” “War Horse,” “Lincoln,” and “Ready Player One.” Ms. Burwell is a governor of the Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch.
VICE PRESIDENT – LARRY KARASZEWSKIMr. Karaszewski is best known for unusual true stories written in tandem with Scott Alexander. Their feature film credits include the Oscar-winning “Ed Wood,” “The People vs. Larry Flynt,” “Man on the Moon,” “Big Eyes,” and “Dolemite is My Name.” Mr. Karaszewski is co-chair of the International Feature Film category. He won the Emmy, Golden Globe, PGA and WGA Award for “The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.” Mr. Karaszewski is a governor of the Writers Branch.
VICE PRESIDENT – ISIS MUSSENDENMs. 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: “Shrek,” “Shrek 2,” and “Puss in Boots.” Ms. Mussenden is a governor of the Costume Designers Branch.
VICE PRESIDENT – WYNN P. THOMASMr. Thomas’ credits include “Hidden Figures,” “A Beautiful Mind,” “Cinderella Man,” “Mars Attacks!,” “Malcolm X,” and “Do the Right Thing.” Mr. Thomas is a governor of the Production Design Branch.
TREASURER – JIM GIANOPULOSMr. Gianopulos is the Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures where he oversees the studio’s film and television operations worldwide, including production, marketing, and distribution. Mr. Gianopulos is a governor of the Executives Branch.
SECRETARY – JANET YANGMs. Yang, a member of the Producers Branch, began her career in China in distribution. Her extensive film and TV producting credits include “The Joy Luck Club,” “The People vs. Larry Flynt,” “Shanghai Calling,” “High Crimes,” “Dark Matter,” and “Zero Effect.” She won an Emmy for the HBO film, “Indictment: The McMartin Trial.” Her upcoming films include the animated feature, “Over the Moon.” Ms. Yang is a Governors-at-Large.
CEO – DAWN HUDSONPrior to becoming the Academy’s CEO in 2011, Ms. Hudson was the Executive Director of Film Independent, which grew from a small non-profit into a nationally recognized arts institution under her leadership. She has worked in the arts for more than 25 years.
GOVERNORS 2020 – 2021
LAURA DERNMs. Dern won the Oscar for her supporting role in “Marriage Story” and earned Oscar nominations for her leading role in “Rambling Rose” and for her supporting role in “Wild.” Her other credits include “Mask,” “Blue Velvet,” “Wild At Heart,” ”Jurassic Park,” “Citizen Ruth,” “99 Homes,” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”
WHOOPI GOLDBERGOscar winner for “Ghost” and nominated for “The Color Purple,” Ms. Goldberg hosted the Academy Awards four times. Feature credits include “Soapdish,” “Corrina, Corrina,” two “Sister Act” films, and “The Lion King.” A Grammy, Emmy, and Tony winner, as well as Ambassador for the U.N., she is a recipient of the Mark Twain prize.
ALFRED MOLINAMr. Molina is a SAG, EMMY, and BAFTA nominee, and his credits include “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “The Da Vinci Code,” “Spider-Man 2,” “Enchanted April,” “Frida,” “Love is Strange,” “Boogie Nights,” “Prick Up Your Ears,” and “Chocolat.”
CASTING DIRECTORS BRANCH
DAVID RUBINMr. Rubin’s career as a casting director includes more than 90 motion pictures, including “The English Patient,” “Men in Black,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” and “Lars and the Real Girl.” In 2002, he received the Casting Society of America’s Hoyt Bowers Award for outstanding contribution to the casting profession.
BERNARD TELSEYMr. Telsey has been a casting director for film, stage, and television for over 25 years. His feature credits include “In the Heights,” “Respect,” “Mary Poppins Returns,” “Miss Sloane,” “Into the Woods,” “Rachel Getting Married,” “Margin Call,” “Across the Universe,” and “Pieces of April.” He serves as the New York vice president of the Casting Society of America and is the 2016 recipient of the organization’s Hoyt Bowers Award for outstanding contribution to the casting profession.
DEBRA ZANEMs. Zane has been a casting director for nearly three decades. Her feature credits include “Mulan,” “The Hunger Games” trilogy, “The Planet of the Apes” trilogy, “Dreamgirls,” “Seabiscuit,” “Catch Me If You Can,” “Traffic,” “Galaxy Quest,” and “American Beauty.” Debra is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College.
ELLEN KURASOscar nominated for her film “The Betrayal/Nerakhoon,” Ms. Kuras is a two-time Primetime Emmy winner. Her credits include “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “Blow,” “Summer of Sam,” “Wormwood,” “Rolling Thunder Revue,” and, as a director, “Ozark” and “Catch 22.”
DARYN OKADAMr. Okada’s cinematography credits include “Let’s Be Cops,” “Dolphin Tale 2,” “Just Like Heaven,” “Mean Girls,” and “Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina.”
MANDY WALKERMs. Walker’s credits include “Mulan,” “Hidden Figures,” “Australia,” “Shattered Glass,” and “Lantana.” She was inducted into the Hall of Fame of The Australian Cinematographers Society in 2017, and was an artist in residence at UCLA in 2015.
COSTUME DESIGNERS BRANCH
RUTH E. CARTEROscar Winner for Best Costume Design for “Black Panther,” and the first African American to win in her category. Oscar nominations for “Malcolm X” and “Amistad,” making her the first African American to be nominated in her category. Over 50 film credits including “Do the Right Thing,” “Selma,” “Dolemite is My Name,” and “Coming 2 America,” the Costume Designers Guild awarded her their Career Achievement Award in 2018. Ms. Carter holds an honorary doctorate from Boston’s Suffolk University.
JEFFREY KURLANDMr. Kurland’s credits include “Mission: Impossible-Fallout,” “Dunkirk,” “Bullets over Broadway,” for which he received an Oscar nomination, and “Inception.” In 2017, he received the Career Achievement Award from the Costume Designers Guild.
ISIS MUSSENDENMs. 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: “Shrek,” “Shrek 2,” and “Puss in Boots.”
SUSANNE BIERMs. Bier is the director of the Oscar-winning film, “In a Better World,” and the Emmy-winning director for the series, “The Night Manager.” Her film “After the Wedding” received an Oscar nomination in the Foreign Language Film category. Additional credits include “Things We Lost in the Fire,” the original “Brothers,” “Open Hearts,” and “Bird Box.” Ms. Bier is co-chair of the International Feature Film category.
AVA DUVERNAYMs. DuVernay’s directorial work includes Best Picture nominee “Selma,” Best Documentary nominee “13th,” “A Wrinkle In Time,” “Middle Of Nowhere,” “I Will Follow,” “Queen Sugar” and her Emmy Award winning series “When They See Us.” She amplifies the work of Black artists, people of color and women of all kinds through her multi-platform arts collective, ARRAY.
STEVEN SPIELBERGMr. Spielberg is a 17-time Oscar nominee and has won Academy Awards for directing and producing “Schindler’s List” and for directing “Saving Private Ryan.” Additional credits include “Bridge of Spies,” “The Post,” and “Ready Player One.”
KATE AMENDMs. Amend is the editor of the Oscar-winning documentaries “Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport” and “The Long Way Home.” Other credits include “Dave Grusin: Not Enough Time,” “The Case Against 8,” “Beah: A Black Woman Speaks,” “Foster,” and “Feminists: What Were They Thinking?”
RORY KENNEDYMs. Kennedy received an Oscar nomination for the documentary feature, “Last Days in Vietnam.” Her other credits include “Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton,” “Ethel,” “Killing in the Name,” and “Ghosts of Abu Ghraib.”
ROGER ROSS WILLIAMSMr. Williams won an Oscar for his short documentary, “Music by Prudence,” and a second nomination for his feature documentary, “Life, Animated.” His other credits include “The Apollo,” “God Loves Uganda,” and “Blackface.”
JIM GIANOPULOSMr. Gianopulos is the Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures where he oversees the studio’s film and television operations worldwide, including production, marketing, and distribution.
DONNA GIGLIOTTIMs. Gigliotti is one of only nine women to win an Academy Award for Best Picture. She received the 1998 Oscar for producing “Shakespeare In Love.” She received three additional Academy Award nominations for Best Picture: “Hidden Figures” (2016), “Silver Linings Playbook” (2013), and “The Reader”(2008). She is President of Tempesta Films, a film production company based in New York.
DAVID LINDEMr. Linde is Chief Executive Officer at Participant. He has held executive, founder, and producer roles at Lava Bear Films, Universal Pictures, Focus Features, and Good Machine. He also received an Oscar nomination for Best Picture for “Arrival” in 2017.
FILM EDITORS BRANCH
DODY J. DORNMs. Dorn earned an Oscar nomination for her work on “Memento.” She has also edited such features as “Kingdom of Heaven,” “Australia,” “End of Watch,” and “Fury.”
CAROL LITTLETONMs. Littleton earned an Oscar nomination for her work on “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.” She also has edited such features as “A Walk in the Woods,” “Margot at the Wedding,” “Beloved,” and “The Big Chill.”
STEPHEN RIVKINMr. Rivkin earned an Oscar nomination for his work on “Avatar.” Other film editing credits include “Alita: Battle Angel,” the first three films of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, “Ali,” “The Hurricane,” and “Robin Hood: Men in Tights.”
MAKEUP ARTISTS AND HAIRSTYLISTS BRANCH
HOWARD BERGERMr. Berger won an Oscar for his makeup work on “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” and was nominated for “Hitchcock.” His other feature credits include “Dances With Wolves,” “Lone Survivor,” “Kill Bill 1 & 2,” “The Green Mile,” and “Oz the Great and Powerful.”
LOIS BURWELLMs. Burwell won an Oscar for her makeup work on “Braveheart” and was nominated for “Saving Private Ryan.” Her other feature credits include “The Princess Bride,” “War Horse,” “Lincoln,” and “Ready Player One.”
LINDA FLOWERSMs. Flowers’s credits include Midway, There Will Be Blood, The Social Network, Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Iron Man 2, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Angels and Demons, and Fast and Furious 3,4,7 & 8.
MARKETING AND PUBLIC RELATIONS BRANCH
SID GANISMr. Ganis is co-President (with wife and partner, Nancy Ganis) of Out of the Blue Entertainment, a film and television production company, a former key studio exec around the industry, and past president of the Academy. He is currently working in the Chinese film market and (with Nancy) developing projects to be shot in China, Europe, and the United States.
CHRISTINA KOUNELIASMs. Kounelias is the President, Worldwide Marketing and Communications, at Participant, where she oversees global strategy for all marketing, branding, and communications initiatives. Prior to Participant, she served as Chief Marketing Officer at the Academy and previously held senior marketing posts at New Line Cinema, Fox, and Miramax Films.
NANCY UTLEYMs. Utley is Chairman of Searchlight Pictures, where she jointly manages all aspects of the company, including production, acquisitions, marketing, and distribution.
CHARLES BERNSTEINMr. Bernstein is best known for scoring genre classics, “A Nightmare on Elm Street” (the original), Stephen King’s “Cujo,” and “The Entity,” among over 130 feature films and TV movies. His credits also include “Inglorious Basterds” and Oscar-winning documentaries, “Czechoslovakia 1968” and “Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision.”
MICHAEL GIACCHINOMr. Giacchino won an Oscar for his original score for “Up.” His other credits include “Star Trek,” “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “The Incredibles,” “War for the Planet of the Apes,” and “Ratatouille,” for which he received an Oscar nomination.
LAURA KARPMANLaura Karpman is an award-winning composer and a tireless champion for women in music. With a doctorate from Juilliard, her work spans film, television, concert halls, theater, and video games. She is a four-time Emmy winner whose feature credits include “Paris Can Wait,” “The Beguiled,” and “Step.”
MARK JOHNSONMr. Johnson received a Best Picture Oscar for “Rain Man” and a nomination for “Bugsy.” He has also produced such films as “Donnie Brasco,” “The Notebook,” “Galaxy Quest,” Steven Soderbergh’s “Logan Lucky,” and Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing.”
LYNETTE HOWELL TAYLORMs. Howell Taylor has produced over 25 films in the last 15 years, including Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut “A Star is Born,” which received eight Academy Award nominations. Most recently, she served as Executive Producer on Derek Cianfrance’s HBO limited series “I Know This Much is True” as well as produced the 92nd Academy Awards. Her film credits include “Captain Fantastic,” “The Accountant,” and “Blue Valentine.”
JENNIFER TODDMs. Todd produced the double Oscar-winning film “Alice in Wonderland” and the Oscar-nominated films “Memento” and “Across the Universe.” She recently produced the Emmy-nominated 89th and 90th Annual Academy Awards.
PRODUCTION DESIGN BRANCH
TOM DUFFIELDMr. Duffield’s credits include “Patriots Day,” “Hell or High Water,” “Lone Survivor,” “Broken City,” “The Kingdom,” “ The Rundown,” ”The Ring,” and “Ed Wood.”
JAN PASCALEMs. Pascale was nominated for an Academy Award for her work as set decorator on “Good Night, and Good Luck.” Her other credits include “Argo,” “The Spiderwick Chronicles,” “Syriana,” and “Training Day.”
WYNN P. THOMASMr. Thomas’ credits include “Hidden Figures,” “A Beautiful Mind,” “Cinderella Man,” “Mars Attacks!,” “Malcolm X,” and “Do the Right Thing.”
SHORT FILMS AND FEATURE ANIMATION BRANCH
BONNIE ARNOLDAnimation veteran Bonnie Arnold produced the Academy Award-nominated films “How to Train Your Dragon” and “How to Train Your Dragon 2.” Additional producing credits include “Toy Story,” “Tarzan,” as well as the live-action films, “Dances with Wolves” and “The Last Station.” She served as Co-President/President of Feature Animation at DreamWorks Animation (2015-17).
JON BLOOMMr. Bloom is an award-winning filmmaker, including his Oscar-nominated live-action short film, “Overnight Sensation,” which he produced and directed. He has created special montages for the Academy Awards Ceremony, The Governors’ Awards, and other events, as well as the first ever In Memoriam segment on the Oscars telecast. He has served 18 years on the Board of Governors.
JENNIFER YUH NELSONMs. Yuh Nelson received an Oscar nomination for the Animated Feature “Kung Fu Panda 2.” Her other feature credits include “Kung Fu Panda 3,” Kung Fu Panda,” and “Madagascar.”
KEVIN COLLIERMr. Collier currently serves as the VP of Engineering and Technology, Warner Bros. Studio Facilities, a position he’s held for more than twenty years. Prior to Warner Bros., Mr. Collier worked at NBC Universal and Quad Eight Electronics.
TERI E. DORMANMs. Dorman has worked on over 140 films. Her credits include “LaLaLand,” “Foxcatcher,” “Unstoppable,” “Amazing Spider-Man,” “Moneyball,” “Pirates of the Caribbean” series, ”Spy Game,“ “Man on Fire,” Pearl Harbor,” “Prince of Tides, “LethalWeapon2,” “Bird,” “Top Gun,” and “The Deer Hunter.”
SCOTT MILLANMr. Millan has won four Academy Awards as a re-recording mixer, for “Apollo 13,” “Gladiator,” “Ray,” and “The Bourne Ultimatum.” He received additional nominations for his work on “Schindler’s List,” “Braveheart,” “Road to Perdition,” “Salt,” and “Skyfall.”
VISUAL EFFECTS BRANCH
CRAIG BARRONMr. Barron has contributed visual effects to more than a hundred motion pictures. He received an Oscar nomination for his work on “Batman Returns” and was awarded Best Visual Effects on “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” He is co-chair of the Academy’s Science and Technology Council.
ROB BREDOWRob Bredow is an Academy Award Nominated VFX Supervisor (“SOLO: A Star Wars Story”) with credits dating back to “Independence Day.” He serves as Executive Creative Director and Head of Industrial Light & Magic. He chairs the Academy Software Foundation, is a member of the Academy Science and Technology Council, and has previously served as CTO at Sony Pictures and Lucasfilm.
JOHN KNOLLMr. Knoll has earned six Oscar nominations for Visual Effects, for “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace,” “Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones,” and three films in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise. He won an Oscar for his work on “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.”
LARRY KARASZEWSKIMr. Karaszewski is best known for unusual true stories written in tandem with Scott Alexander. Their feature film credits include the Oscar-winning “Ed Wood,” “The People vs. Larry Flynt,” “Man on the Moon,” “Big Eyes,” and “Dolemite is My Name.” Mr. Karaszewski is co-chair of the International Feature Film category. He won the Emmy, Golden Globe, PGA and WGA Award for “The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”
BILLY RAYMr. Ray received an Oscar nomination for his Adapted Screenplay for “Captain Phillips.” His other credits include “The Hunger Games,” “Breach,” “Shattered Glass,” and “Richard Jewell.”
ERIC ROTHMr. Roth won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for “Forrest Gump” and has been nominated for his screenplays of “The Insider,” “Munich,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” and “A Star is Born.” He wrote Mr. Kurosawa’s “Rhapsody in August,” “The Horse Whisperer,” “Ali,” and Best Picture Nominee, “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.” He received the WGA Laurel Award for Lifetime Achievement.
(Nominated by the President and elected by the board)
DEVON FRANKLINMr. Franklin, a member of the Executives Branch, is the former SVP of Production for Columbia Pictures Entertainment and now runs his own production company, Franklin Entertainment. He has produced the hit films “Breakthrough,” “The Star,” and “Miracles from Heaven.” He is also a New York Times bestselling author and minister.
RODRIGO GARCÍAMr. García is a former cinematographer, a writer/director, and a member of the Directors Branch. Among his movies are “Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her,” “Nine Lives,” “Mother and Child,” and “Albert Nobbs.” His pilot directing credits include “Carnivale,” “Big Love,” and “In Treatment.”
JANET YANGMs. Yang, a member of the Producers Branch, began her career in China in distribution. Her extensive film and TV producting credits include “The Joy Luck Club,” “The People vs. Larry Flynt,” “Shanghai Calling,” “High Crimes,” “Dark Matter,” and “Zero Effect.” She won an Emmy for the HBO film, “Indictment: The McMartin Trial.” Her upcoming films include the animated feature, “Over the Moon.”
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