It was announced on June 11 that American filmmaker and director Ava DuVernay has been elected to Film Academy’s Board of Governors.
The first black female director to have received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Picture for her film ‘13th‘, DuVernay has become one of twelve people of color as the board in Academy.
As already known, the Academy has been criticized for years because of its lack of diversity, however, in the new term with the selection of Ava DuVernay, things seem going to change.
It is also a sign that the Academy took into account the critics and supported diversity.
As for the other governors joining the Board as follows:
- Debra Zane, Casting Directors Branch
- Stephen Rivkin, Film Editors Branch
- Linda Flowers, Makeup Artists, and Hairstylists Branch
- Lynette Howell Taylor, Producers Branch
- Rob Bredow, Visual Effects Branch
- Whoopi Goldberg, Actors Branch
- Mandy Walker, Cinematographers Branch
- Isis Mussenden, Costume Designers Branch
- Kate Amend, Documentary Branch
- David Linde, Executives Branch
- Christina Kounelias, Marketing and Public Relations Branch
- Charles Bernstein, Music Branch
- Wynn P. Thomas, Production Design Branch
- Teri E. Dorman, Sound Branch
- Larry Karaszewski, Writers Branch
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