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The Academy announced its newly elected 2019–20 Board of Governors

THE ACADEMY ELECTS 2019–20 BOARD OF GOVERNORS

 

Nancy Utley
VICE PRESIDENT - NANCY UTLEY
Ms. Utley is Chairman of Fox Searchlight Pictures, where she jointly manages all aspects of the company, including production, acquisitions, marketing, and distribution. Ms. Utley is a governor of the Marketing and Public Relations Branch.
Mark Johnson
TREASURER - MARK JOHNSON
Mr. 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. Mr. Johnson is a governor of the Producers Branch.
Bonnie Arnold
SECRETARY - BONNIE ARNOLD
Ms. Arnold, a producer at DreamWorks Animation, produced the Academy Award nominated films “How To Train Your Dragon” and “How To Train Your Dragon 2.”Her additional producing credits include Pixar’s landmark movie “Toy Story” and Disney’s “Tarzan.” She served as Co-President/President of Feature Animation at DreamWorks Animation (2015-17). Ms. Arnold is a governor of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch.
Dawn Hudson
CEO - DAWN HUDSON
Prior 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 2019 - 2020

ACTORS BRANCH

Laura Dern
LAURA DERN
Ms. Dern 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 Goldberg
WHOOPI GOLDBERG
Oscar 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 Molina
ALFRED MOLINA
Mr. 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

Lora Kennedy
LORA KENNEDY
Ms. Kennedy has worked as a casting director for more than 25 years, on such features as “Soapdish,” “Tombstone,” “Argo,” “The Town,” “Wonder Woman,” and “Justice League.” She is the 2012 recipient of the Casting Society of America’s Hoyt Bowers Award for outstanding contribution to the casting profession.
CASTING DIRECTORS BRANCH
DAVID RUBIN
Mr. Rubin’s career as a casting director includes more than 80 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.
CASTING DIRECTORS BRANCH
BERNARD TELSEY
Mr. Telsey has been a casting director for film, stage, and television for over 25 years. His feature credits include “Mary Poppins Returns,” “Miss Sloane,” “The Intern,” "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.

CINEMATOGRAPHERS BRANCH

Ellen Kuras
ELLEN KURAS
Oscar 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."
CINEMATOGRAPHERS BRANCH
DARYN OKADA
Mr. Okada’s cinematography credits include “Let’s Be Cops,” “Dolphin Tale 2,” “Just Like Heaven,” “Mean Girls,” and “Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina.”
Mandy Walker
MANDY WALKER
Ms. Walker's credits include “Hidden Figures,” “The Mountain Between Us,”, “Australia,” “Shattered Glass,” and “Lantana.” She was inducted into the Hall of Fame for The Australian Cinematographers Society in 2017, and was an artist in residence at UCLA in 2015.

COSTUME DESIGNERS BRANCH

Ruth E. Carter
RUTH E. CARTER
Ms. Carter won an Oscar for Costume Design for “Black Panther,” making history as the first African-American. Also Academy Award-nominated for “Malcom X” and “Amistad,” she has 50 feature film credits including “Do the Right Thing,” “The Butler,” “Selma,” and “Marshall” and received the 2019 Costume Designers Guild Career Achievement Award.
Jeffrey Kurland
JEFFREY KURLAND
Mr. 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 Mussenden
ISIS MUSSENDEN
Ms. 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.”

DIRECTORS BRANCH

Susanne Bier
SUSANNE BIER
Ms. 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.”
Kimberly Peirce
KIMBERLY PEIRCE
Ms. Peirce is the director of the Oscar-winning film, “Boys Don’t Cry.” Her other feature credits include “Stop-Loss” and the 2013 film adaptation of “Carrie.”
Steven Spielberg
STEVEN SPIELBERG
Mr. 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.”

DOCUMENTARY BRANCH

Kate Amend
KATE AMEND
Ms. 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 "Serena,"  “The Case Against 8,” “First Position,” and “Beah: A Black Woman Speaks.”
Documentary Branch Governor
RORY KENNEDY
Ms. 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 Williams
ROGER ROSS WILLIAMS
Mr. 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 “God Loves Uganda” and “Blackface.”

EXECUTIVES BRANCH

Executives Branch Governor
JIM GIANOPULOS
Mr. 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 Gigliotti
DONNA GIGLIOTTI
Ms. 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 Linde
DAVID LINDE
Mr. Linde is Chief Executive Officer at Participant Media. He has held executive, founder, and producer roles at Lava Bear Films, Universal Pictures, Focus Features, and Good Machine.

FILM EDITORS BRANCH

Dody J. Dorn
DODY J. DORN
Ms. 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.”
Film Editors Branch Governor
CAROL LITTLETON
Ms. 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.”
Michael Tronick
MICHAEL TRONICK
Mr. Tronick’s feature film editing credits include “Scent of a Woman,” “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” “Hairspray,” “The Green Hornet,” "Straight Outta Compton," and "Bright."

MAKEUP ARTISTS AND HAIRSTYLISTS BRANCH

Howard Berger
HOWARD BERGER
Mr. 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.”
Kathryn Blondell
KATHRYN L. BLONDELL
Ms. Blondell has served as hairstylist on such films as “The Revenant,” “Django Unchained,” “J. Edgar,” “Revolutionary Road,” “Blood Diamond,” “Shampoo,” and “Harold and Maude.”
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LOIS BURWELL
Ms. 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."

MARKETING AND PUBLIC RELATIONS BRANCH

Sid Ganis
SID GANIS
Mr. 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 Kounelias
CHRISTINA KOUNELIAS
Ms. Kounelias is the President, Worldwide Marketing, at Participant Media, 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 Utley
NANCY UTLEY
Ms. Utley is Chairman of Fox Searchlight Pictures, where she jointly manages all aspects of the company, including production, acquisitions, marketing, and distribution.

MUSIC BRANCH

Charles Bernstein
CHARLES BERNSTEIN
Mr. 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.”
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MICHAEL GIACCHINO
Mr. 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 Karpman
LAURA KARPMAN
Laura Karpman is an award-winning composer and a tireless champion for women in music.  With a doctorate from Julliard, 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.”

PRODUCERS BRANCH

Albert Berger
ALBERT BERGER
Mr. Berger received an Oscar nomination for “Nebraska.” His other credits include “Little Children,” “Little Miss Sunshine,” and “Election.”
Mark Johnson
MARK JOHNSON
Mr. 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."
Jennifer Todd
JENNIFER TODD
Ms. 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 Duffield
TOM DUFFIELD
Mr. Duffield’s credits include “Patriots Day,” “Hell or High Water,” “Lone Survivor,” “Broken City," “The Kingdom,” “ The Rundown,” ”The Ring,” and “Ed Wood.”
Jan Pascale
JAN PASCALE
Ms. 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. Thomas
WYNN P. THOMAS
Mr. 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 Arnold
BONNIE ARNOLD
Ms. Arnold, a producer at DreamWorks Animation, produced the Academy Award nominated films “How To Train Your Dragon” and “How To Train Your Dragon 2.”Her additional producing credits include Pixar’s landmark movie “Toy Story” and Disney’s “Tarzan.” She served as Co-President/President of Feature Animation at DreamWorks Animation (2015-17).
Jennifer Y. Nelson
JENNIFER Y. NELSON
Ms. 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.”
Thomas R. Sito
TOM SITO
Mr. Sito is a professor in the Animation and Digital Arts Division of the USC School of Cinematic Arts. His 31 film credits include “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin,” “The Lion King,” “Shrek,” “Osmosis Jones,” and “Garfield.”

SOUND BRANCH

Kevin Collier
KEVIN COLLIER
Mr. 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. Dorman
TERI E. DORMAN
Ms. Dorman has been a sound editor for 40 years.  Her credits include “La La Land,” “Moneyball,” “Pirates of the Caribbean” series, “Pearl Harbor,” “Lethal Weapon 2,” “Bird,” “Top Gun,” and “The Deer Hunter.”
Scott Millan
SCOTT MILLAN
Mr. 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 Barron
CRAIG BARRON
Mr. 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. 
Richard Edlund
RICHARD EDLUND
Mr. Edlund has won four Oscars, for “Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope,” “Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back,”  “Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi,” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” He has earned an additional six nominations. He is also the recipient of three Scientific and Technical Achievement Awards and the John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation.
John Knoll
JOHN KNOLL
Mr. 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.”

WRITERS BRANCH

Larry Karaszewski
LARRY KARASZEWSKI
Mr. 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,” and "Big Eyes.”
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BILLY RAY
Mr. Ray received an Oscar nomination for his Adapted Screenplay for “Captain Phillips.” His other credits include “The Hunger Games,” “Breach,” “Shattered Glass,” and Secret in Their Eyes.”
Eric Roth
ERIC ROTH
Mr. 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.

GOVERNORS-AT-LARGE

(Nominated by the President and elected by the board)

DeVon Franklin
DEVON FRANKLIN
Mr. 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 García
RODRIGO GARCÍA
Mr. 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 Yang
JANET YANG
Ms. 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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