When AMPAS President Cheryl Boone Isaacs issued her diversity declaration in January 2016, I was frankly skeptical. But now I see she has, in fact, exceeded all expectations! You Go Gal!
Academy President On Oscars Diversity Controversy: “We Need To Do More, And Better And More Quickly!” Cheryl Boone Isaacs (1/18/16)
The Board of Governors "sets the Academy’s strategic vision, preserves the organization’s financial health, and assures the fulfillment of its mission." Each "branch" has three members. Ms. Peirce joins Michael Mann and Steven Spielberg on the Directors Branch. Mr. Karaszewski joins Billy Ray and Robin Swicord on the Writers Branch.
This means both critical branches now have female representation! Bravo, AMPAS 🙂
Here is the complete list of members newly elected to the 2017-2018 Board of Governors:
Whoopi Goldberg, Actors Branch; Mandy Walker, Cinematographers Branch; Isis Mussenden, Costume Designers Branch; Wynn P. Thomas, Designers Branch; Kimberly Peirce, Directors Branch; David Linde, Executives Branch; Christina Kounelias, Public Relations Branch; Thomas R. Sito, Short Films and Feature Animation Branch; Teri E. Dorman, Sound Branch; and Larry Karaszewski, Writers Branch.
Incumbent governors reelected to the Board include:
Lora Kennedy, Casting Directors Branch; Kate Amend, Documentary Branch; Michael Tronick, Film Editors Branch; Kathryn L. Blondell, Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch; Charles Bernstein, Music Branch; AND Albert Berger, Producers Branch.
Returning to the Board after a hiatus is:
Richard Edlund, Visual Effects Branch
SUMMARY: By my count, there are 17 Branches plus the 3 member Governors-at-Large. By my count, after today, every Branch will have at least one female member except for the Executives Branch, the Short Films & Feature Animation Branch, and the Visual Effects Branch. I also note, for the record, that all three members of the Costume Designers Branch are women.
Folks: This is huge! THIS IS WHAT "PROGRESS" LOOKS LIKE!!!
© Jan Lisa Huttner (6/29/17) FF2 Media
Photo Credit: Cheryl Boone Isaacs photo from NYWIFT Website.
PS: Follow link to learn why I refer to Larry Karaszewski above as our "FF2 Media FOJ." If his name rings a bell, it's probably because you heard it over and over again last year in connection with The People v OJ Simpson, for which he and his writing partner Scott Alexander won almost every award possible. The high point (for me and many other women) was the incredible "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia" episode which brought great depth and poignance to the story of prosecutor Marcia Clark (played to perfection by Sarah Paulson). Looking back, this episode should have prepared us for what was to come on 11/8/16, but we were not yet able to put 2 & 2 together in those more innocent days. And now here we are... living in Trumpsylvania...
My own relationship with Larry actually began in 2014 when we met at a screening of his film Big Eyes. I campaigned like a demon for Big Eyes! Well, we -- Larry, me & most especially star Amy Adams -- we lost that battle, but we live on to fight anew. Kudos, Larry! You are a great guy and I am sure you will make immeasurable contributions in your new role as an AMPAS Governor!