The Roundup Begins, As More Than 180 Vie For 17 Film Academy Board Seats

At this point, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ governors election looks more like a round-up than a race; more than 180 members have declared their interest in filling 17 contested spots on the 54-member Board of Governors.

Voting in the run-off round starts on Monday and ends May 18. That will narrow the present field to a maximum of four nominees per branch in the final round, which follows.

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For now, there are on average about 11 candidates in the running for each slot. In the casting directors and costume design branches, only three members have declared for each slot. But not so in the actors branch, where 17 members — including Brie Larson, Jacki Weaver and Meg Ryan — are vying for the spot being vacated by termed-out Tom Hanks; or the producers, executives, and public relations branches, all of which have a bumper crop of candidates. Marvin Levy, currently a governor in the public relations branch, does not appear on the list, though Sid Ganis, a former Academy president, does. Among the executives, Jim Gianopulos, the current Academy treasurer, is vying against Michael Barker, Mike Medavoy, Mark Canton and Jon Jashni, among others.

Interest in the election is high following the shock resignation of governor Bill Mechanic, who presented president John Bailey with a laundry list of supposed Academy problems and failings in his farewell letter. But figuring out where the many candidates stand on issues isn’t easy, as the Academy’s members-only Web portal gives access to candidate statements only to the members of the branch in which each candidate is running. So there is no quick way for candidates or members in one branch to know what those in another are thinking.

Maybe the Academy, which keeps its governors meetings and votes confidential, should consider a version of California’s Brown Act. That law requires local governments and boards to deliberate and vote in public. To have the governors air their thoughts in front of the members might not be comfortable, but it would do much to get the governors in tune with a membership that is obviously tuned in.

Here is the list:


Robert Carradine

Joe Cortese

Nicolas Coster

Hector Elias

Spencer Garrett

Bruce Glover

Clyde Kusatsu

Brie Larson

Piper Laurie

Tim Matheson

Christopher Mitchum

Alfred Molina

Lou Diamond Phillips

Meg Ryan

Assumpta Serna

Jacki Weaver

Carole Wells


Kerry Barden

Ilene Starger

Bernard Telsey


Richard P. Crudo

Steven Fierberg

Michael Goi

Guillermo Navarro

Daryn Okada

Steven A. Poster

Mikael Salomon

Newton Thomas Sigel


Marie France

Jeffrey Kurland

Deborah Nadoolman Landis


Charles Breen

John F. Decuir Jr.

Tom Duffield

Marcia Hinds

Geoffrey A. Kirkland

John A. Kuri

Melissa Stewart

Thomas A. Walsh


Haifaa Al-Mansour

David Ayer

Nabil Ayouch

John Badham

Susanne Bier

Louis James Fargo

Shawn Levy

Rob Minkoff

Philippe Mora

Stephen A. Verona


John Battsek

Todd Boekelheide

Kate Davis

Karen Goodman

Rory Kennedy

Lynne Littman

Michele Ohayon

Lucy Walker


Pam Abdy

Michael W. Barker

Cary S. Brokaw

Mark C. Canton

Devon Franklin

Jim Gianopulos

Rosilyn Heller

Erica Huggins

Jon Jashni

Erik Lomis

Mike Medavoy

Charles. J. Weber

Blair M. Westlake


Maryann Brandon

Dody J. Dorn

Michael Jablow

Carol Littleton

David Rosenbloom

Mary Sweeney

Don Zimmerman


Allan Apone

John Blake

Michele Burke

Lois Burwell

Bill Corso

Ve Neill


Alan Bergman

Paul Chihara

George S. Clinton

Charles Fox

Lisa Gerrardj

Michael Giacchino

William Goldstein


Carol Baum

Jason Blum

Michael De Luca

Lorenzo Di Bonaventura

Cassian Elwes

Morton S. Engelberg

Gary Goetzman

Dank Jinks

Robert Lantos

Michael Meltzer

Mace Neufeld

Peter Samuelson

Jennifer Todd

Suzanne Todd

Dimitri Villard

Irwin Winkler

Janet Yang

Nina Yang Bongiovi


Tony Angellotti

Christopher Arnold

Cindi Berger

Cassandra O. Butcher

Megan Colligan

Terry Curtin

Leslee Dart

Holace G. Davids

Eddie Egan

Bruce R. Feldman

Rob Friedman

Sid Ganis

Seth Gaven

Kevin Goetz

Marvin Gray

Barry Dale Johnson

Michael Kaplan

Robert A. Levine

Alfred Newman

Santiago Pozo

Michele Robertson

Michael Rosenberg

Ira Rubenstein

Jeffrey B. Walker


Bonnie Arnold

Tony Bancroft

Nancy Beiman

Mitchell W. Block

J.J. Blumenkranz

Darlie Brewster

Edwin Catmull

Brenda Chapman

Raymond De Felitta

Ron Diamond

Raul Garcia

Claire Jennings

Bob Kurtz

Kim Magnusson

Greg Manwaring

Robert Newman

Brandon Oldenburg

Marcon West

Theresa Wiseman


Bruce Botnick

Gary C. Bourgeois

Thomas Curley

Chris David

Michael Herbick

Christopher D. Jenkins

Peter F. Kurland

Richard D. Lightstone

David B. Macmillan

Scott Millan

Michael Minkler

Chris Munro

Kevin O’Connell

Greg P. Russell

Mark Ulano

Russell Williams II


Jonathan Erland

Michael J. Fink

John Knoll

Robert Legato

Jeffrey A. Okun

Helena Packer

Kevin Pike

Joshua Pines

Theresa Ellis Rygiel

Rick Sayre

Bill Taylor


Roger Avary

John Collee

Stephen Gaghan

Amy Holden Jones

Billy Ray

John Ridley

Dana Stevens

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