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Whoopi Goldberg Faces Challenge From Richard Dreyfuss, Rita Wilson in Oscars’ Board of Governors Election
Whoopi Goldberg will be facing 18 other actors who want her seat on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors, the Academy revealed to its members on Friday.The Academy posted the list of candidates for the board from all 17 of its branches, with incumbent Actors Branch governor Goldberg going up against a slate of challengers that includes past governor Ed Begley Jr., as well as Richard Dreyfuss, James and Stacy Keach, Tim Matheson, Joe Pantoliano, Lou Diamond Phillips and Rita Wilson, whose husband, Tom Hanks, served on the board for many years.Other branches whose contenders hit double digits included Cinematographers (12), Directors (13), Executives (12), Producers (16), Sound (10) and Visual Effects (10).But the Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch, in which incumbent Kathryn Blondell was ineligible to run again, has only a single candidate, Linda Flowers.Also Read: Oscars Board Election Has New Rules - But Expect the Same Old ResultsBlondell, film editor David Tronick and casting director Lora Kennedy could not run for re-election because of term limits that restrict governors to three consecutive three-year terms. Tronick had served the full nine years, while Blondell and Kennedy had each served seven years, beginning with special one-year terms that began in 2013. But because a new three-year term would place them at 10 years, over the limit, they weren’t eligible to run.Of the 14 governors who were eligible for re-election, only Albert Berger from the Producers Branch declined to run. Berger, who would have been running for his third term, told TheWrap that he supports a six-year term limit for governors, which would bring the board in line with other Academy committees.A number of former governors are in the running to return to the board, including Michael Mann and Reginald Hudlin in the Directors Branch, Mark Mangini in the Sound Branch and Jon Bloom in the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch.Other contenders include cinematographer Janusz Kaminski, directors Scott Cooper, Ava DuVernay, Kasi Lemmons, Brett Ratner and Jason Reitman, documentary filmmaker Lauren Greenfield, executives Michael Barker, Tom Bernard, Mike Medavoy and Patrick Wachsberger, songwriter Carole Bayer Sager, producers Jason Blum and Irwin Winkler and writers Gregory Nava, John Ridley and Howard A. Rodman.Voting will take place next week, beginning on June 1 and ending June 5. A single round of voting, which will use the preferential system of counting to determine each branch’s consensus favorite, will be used. In past years, the governors election had used the first round to narrow the field to four, and a second round to pick the winner. Historically, incumbents have won re-election to the AMPAS Board of Governors about 75% of the time.Also Read: Oscars' Big Rule Changes: First-Run Streaming Films Now Eligible, Sound Categories MergedHere is the complete list of candidates:Actors Michael Lee Aday Ed Begley, Jr. Robert Carradine Nicolas Coster Colman Domingo Richard Dreyfuss Spencer Garrett Bruce Glover Whoopi Goldberg – incumbent James Keach Stacy Keach Peter Wong Jodi Long Tim Matheson Joe Pantoliano Lou Diamond Phillips Andrea Riseborough Andrew Stevens Rita WilsonCasting Directors Kerry Barden Richard Hicks Margery Simkin Debra ZaneCinematographers Andrzej Bartkowiak Richard P. Crudo Svetlana Cvetko Steven Fierberg Michael Goi Janusz Kaminski Newton Thomas Sigel Eric Steelberg Kees Van Oostrum Amelia Vincent Roy Wagner Mandy Walker – incumbentCostume Designers Molly Maginnis Judianna Makovsky Isis Mussenden – incumbent Rita RyackDirectors Niki Caro Scott Cooper Ava DuVernay Reginald Hudlin Kasi Lemmons Michael Mann Philippe Mora Kimberly Peirce – incumbent Brett Ratner Peyton Reed Jason Reitman Frances-Anne Solomon Lewis TeagueDocumentary Kate Amend – incumbent Geralyn Dreyfous Karen Goodman Lauren Greenfield Tom NeffExecutives Pam Abdy Victoria Alonso Michael W. Barker Thomas Bernard Mark C. Canton Erica Huggins David Linde – incumbent Mike Medavoy James W. Morris Gianni Nunnari Stephen Strick Patrick WachsbergerFilm Editors Mark Helfrich Michael Jablow Nancy Richardson Stephen Rivkin David Rosenbloom Paul Seydor Terilyn A. ShropshireMakeup Artists and Hairstylists Linda FlowersMarketing and Public Relations Stephen D. Bruno Kevin Goetz Barry Dale Johnson Michael Kaplan Christina Kounelias – incumbent Robert A. Levine Michele RobertsonMusic Charles Bernstein – incumbent Paul Chihara George S. Clinton John C. Debney Sharon Farber William Goldstein Jan A. P. Kaczmarek Emilio Kauderer Carole Bayer SagerProducers Khadija Alami Jason Blum Lawrence David Foldes Jennifer Fox Lynette Howell Taylor Steven-Charles Jaffe Robert Lantos Lori McCreary Chris Moore Michael Peyster Michael S. Phillips Peter Samuelson Michael Shamberg Jeffrey Sharp Richard W. Stevenson Irwin WinklerProduction Design Marcia Hinds Geoffrey A. Kirkland John A. Kuri Carolyn A. Loucks John Muto Rusty Smith Melissa Stewart Wynn P. Thomas – incumbent Thomas A. WalshShort Films and Feature Animation Jon Bloom Edwin Catmull Ron Diamond Chris Donahue Raul Garcia Matthew Gross Tom Sito – incumbent Erik Smitt Chris TashimaSound Bobbi Banks Teri E. Dorman – incumbent Nicholas Eliopoulos Scott Gershin Mark Mangini F. Hudson Miller Victoria Rose Sampson Mark P. Stoeckinger Bruce Tanis Randy ThomVisual Effects Robert Blalack Rob Bredow Brooke Breton Richard Edlund – incumbent Jonathan Erland Jeffrey M. Kleiser Jeffrey A. Okun Helena Packer Joshua Pines Theresa Ellis Rygiel Rick SayreWriters Carl A. Gottlieb Larry Karaszewski – incumbent Gregory Nava John Ridley Howard A. RodmanRead original story Whoopi Goldberg Faces Challenge From Richard Dreyfuss, Rita Wilson in Oscars’ Board of Governors Election At TheWrap
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