Film academy diversifies leadership with new governors

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Posted: Jul 18, 2016 4:30 PM
Film academy diversifies leadership with new governors

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The film academy is taking more steps to diversify, with three women and two black filmmakers newly elected to leadership positions.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its newly elected board of governors on Monday. The list includes six first-time representatives: director Steven Spielberg, actress Laura Dern, costume designer Sharen K. Davis, documentarian Roger Ross Williams, composer Laura Karpman and sound engineer Kevin Collier.

Each of the academy's 17 branches is represented by three governors, who are elected to three-year terms.

The film academy announced sweeping efforts in January to diversify its membership after a second year of all-white acting nominees for the Academy Awards. Last month, it invited a record 683 new members to join, noting that the invitees are 46 percent female and 41 percent minority.