The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled its newly elected 2021–2022 Board of Governors and the number of women Academy governors climbed a couple of rungs from 26 to 31 and the number of governors from, as the Academy describes “underrepresented racial/ethnic communities” has went from 12 to 15…. and I guess this is good news?
Sure, it’s great to see a jump (if you can even call it that) in representation but how long before we have to stop being impressed with these small moves towards a more inclusive Hollywood? Yes, baby steps count, but don’t we want these legacy organizations to do more? We don’t have to celebrate every single moment that is essentially a drop in the bucket. I realize change won’t happen overnight, but at times these performative moves are more for these organizations to pat themselves on the back to say, “Yes! We did that! We’re so good!”
Yes, we realize that the Board of Governors is not so white and male. Good. Instead of telling us, maybe it’s better to show how this is making change beyond the headline. No need to celebrate that right now. Let’s save the celebrations for something huge that can actually make instant change.
In any case, the people elected to the Board for the first time are:
Rita Wilson, Actors Branch
Kim Taylor-Coleman, Casting Directors Branch
Paul Cameron, Cinematographers Branch
Eduardo Castro, Costume Designers Branch
Jean Tsien, Documentary Branch
Pam Abdy, Executives Branch
Terilyn A. Shropshire, Film Editors Branch
Laura C. Kim, Marketing and Public Relations Branch
Lesley Barber, Music Branch
Gary C. Bourgeois, Sound Branch
Brooke Breton, Visual Effects Branch
Howard A. Rodman, Writers Branch
And incumbent governors reelected to the Board:
Susanne Bier, Directors Branch
Jennifer Todd, Producers Branch
Tom Duffield, Production Design Branch
Bonnie Arnold, Short Films and Feature Animation Branch
Returning to the Board after a hiatus:
Bill Corso, Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch
They will join returning governors Kate Amend, Craig Barron, Howard Berger, Charles Bernstein, Jon Bloom, Rob Bredow, Ruth E. Carter, Kevin Collier, Laura Dern, Teri E. Dorman, Dody J. Dorn, Ava DuVernay, Linda Flowers, DeVon Franklin, Rodrigo García, Donna Gigliotti, Whoopi Goldberg, Lynette Howell Taylor, Mark Johnson, Larry Karaszewski, Laura Karpman, Christina Kounelias, Ellen Kuras, David Linde, Isis Mussenden, Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Jan Pascale, Stephen Rivkin, Eric Roth, David Rubin, Steven Spielberg, Wynn P. Thomas, Nancy Utley, Mandy Walker, Roger Ross Williams, Janet Yang and Debra Zane.
Here’s more info about the Academy for those who wanna know:
The Academy’s 17 branches are each represented by three governors, who may serve up to two three-year terms (consecutive or non-consecutive), followed by a two-year hiatus, after which eligibility renews for up to two additional three-year terms, for a lifetime maximum of 12 years. The Board of Governors sets the Academy’s strategic vision, preserves the organization’s financial health, and assures the fulfillment of its mission.