Best Director winner Kathryn Bigelow has been elected to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ board of governors, AMPAS announced on Wednesday.
Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Michael Moore was also chosen as a governor for the first time, as was film editor Anne Coates, who won an Oscar for editing “Lawrence of Arabia.”
Although the Academy was criticized for the fact that Bigelow’s win made her the first female Best Director recipient in the organization’s 82-year history, her election means two of the three governors from the directors branch are now women. (Martha Coolidge is the other.)
Seven of the Academy's 43 governors are now women.
One-third of the Academy’s governors – one from each of the organizations 15 branches — are up for re-election every year. Governors may serve three consecutive three-year terms.
Governors elected this year include three who are returning to the board after a hiatus: John Bailey from the cinematographers branch, Ed Begley Jr. from the actors branch and Jon Bloom from the short films and feature animation branch.
Re-elected governors are Curt Behlmer from the sound branch; Rosemary Brandenburg, art directors; Richard Edlund, visual effects; Leonard Engelman, makeup artists and hairstylists; Charles Fox, music; Jim Gianopulos, executives; Hawk Koch, producers; Marvin Levy, public relations; and Frank Pierson, writers.
Each Academy branch is represented by three governors, except the makeup artists and hairstylists, who are represented by one.
The current makeup of the AMPAS board of governors:
Ed Begley Jr.
Art Directors Branch:
Film Editors Branch:
Makeup Artists and Hairstylists:
Public Relations Branch:
Robert G. Friedman
Short Films and Feature Animation:
James L. Brooks