Motion Picture Academy Appoints Three New Governors-at-Large

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A view of Oscar statuettes backstage during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017, in Los Angeles, California. Christopher Polk—Getty Images

Reprinted from The Los Angeles Times by on May 13, 2019.

On Monday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the appointment of three new governors-at-large to the organization’s leadership ranks.

DeVon Franklin, who has produced such faith-based films as Heaven Is for Real and Miracles from Heaven, will represent the academy’s executives branch; Colombian filmmaker Rodrigo García (Nine Lives, Albert Nobbs) will represent the directors branch; and producer Janet Yang (The Joy Luck Club, The People vs. Larry Flynt) will represent the producers branch.

The three, who are replacing outgoing governors-at large Gregory Nava, Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Reginald Hudlin, will each serve a three-year term beginning in July.

The governors-at-large positions — which unlike the other 51 slots on the board, are appointed by the academy president rather than elected by the broader membership — were created in early 2016 in wake of the #OscarsSoWhite controversy to ensure that at least three non-white-male members would sit on the board and help steer the organization. …

LA Times 5/13

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