UPDATED, 10:33 AM: Billy Ray has defeated Larry Karaszewski in the runoff election for the Writers Branch seat on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors. It was only the second time in Academy history that there was a tie in the balloting, following the Directors Branch election in 2009. A first-time governor, Ray will join incumbents Phil Robinson and Robin Swicord in representing the branch.

PREVIOUSLY, July 10: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences just announced the results of its Board of Governors elections. For the first time since in six years, there was a tie one branch’s voting. Larry Karaszewski and Billy Ray are facing a runoff election next week in the Writers Branch, the first since a Directors Branch runoff in 2009.

The first-time governors are Lois Burwell, Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch; Michael Giacchino, Music; Rory Kennedy, Documentary; and Daryn Okada, Cinematographers. Returning to the board after a hiatus are governors Jim Gianopulos, Executives; Marvin Levy, Public Relations; and Carol Littleton, Film Editors.

All were elected to three-year terms, along with incumbents Jim Bissell, Designers Branch; Tom Hanks, Actors; Kathleen Kennedy, Producers; John Knoll, Visual Effects; Bill Karoyer, Short Films and Feature Animation; Michael Mann, Directors; Scott Millan, Sound; Deborah Nadoolman Landis, Costume Designers; and Bernard Telsey, Casting Directors.

The 50-member Board of Governors directs the Academy’s strategic vision, preserves the organization’s financial health and assures the fulfillment of its mission. Governors can serve a maximum of three consecutive three-year terms.

Here is the Academy’s release:

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced its newly elected 2015–16 Board of Governors.  A runoff election is required for the Writers Branch.

“I’m excited to welcome our four new governors to the Board and congratulate those who have been reelected,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs.  “Our Board is made up of some of the most experienced and respected professionals in our industry, and we look forward to working with them on our ongoing goals of increasing member engagement and expanding the Academy’s outreach to our global film community.”

Those elected to the Board for the first time are Lois Burwell, Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch; Michael Giacchino, Music Branch; Rory Kennedy, Documentary Branch; and Daryn Okada, Cinematographers Branch.

Incumbent governors reelected to the Board include Jim Bissell, Designers Branch; Tom Hanks, Actors Branch; Kathleen Kennedy, Producers Branch; John Knoll, Visual Effects Branch; Bill Kroyer, Short Films and Feature Animation Branch; Michael Mann, Directors Branch; Scott Millan, Sound Branch; Deborah Nadoolman Landis, Costume Designers Branch; and Bernard Telsey, Casting Directors Branch.

Returning to the Board after a hiatus are governors Jim Gianopulos, Executives Branch; Marvin Levy, Public Relations Branch; and Carol Littleton, Film Editors Branch.

The balloting in the Academy’s Writers Branch produced a tie between candidates Larry Karaszewski and Billy Ray, necessitating a second polling of that branch.  Voting for the runoff election via online and paper ballots will begin Thursday, July 16, and end Wednesday, July 22.  The Academy last held a runoff election in 2009 for the Directors Branch.

The Academy’s 17 branches are each represented by three governors, who may serve up to three consecutive three-year terms.  The Board of Governors directs the Academy’s strategic vision, preserves the organization’s financial health, and assures the fulfillment of its mission.