The men and women responsible for the look of motion pictures are getting increasing representation within the Academy with the creation of a new Costume Designers Branch, AMPAS announced on Friday.
At the same time, the Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch is being brought into parity with the rest of the Academy's branches, moving from a single governor to a full complement of three.
The moves were made on Wednesday night at a meeting of the Academy's Board of Governors, which will expand from 43 to 48 members as a result of the changes.
In the most significant change, costume designers, who were previously members of the Designers Branch, will become part of the new Costume Designers Branch, the 16th branch in the Academy.
Jeffrey Kurland, who currently serves as an Academy governor representing the Designers Branch, will become the first...