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A congratulation is in order for Filmmaker Ava DuVernay who has been elected to the film academy’s Board of Governors for the first time.

Earlier this week, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its new members which include A Star is Born producer Lynette Howell Taylor and casting director Debra Zane film editor Stephen Rivkin.

Whoopi Goldberg was also announced and will be returning for a third time. 

According to reports the results of this election means the number of female board members has increased from 25 to 26 and people of color from 11 to 12, including the three Governors-at-Large.


The Academy’s 17 branches are each represented by three governors, who may serve up to three consecutive three-year terms.  The Board of Governors sets the Academy’s strategic vision, preserves the organization’s financial health, and assures the fulfillment of its mission.

In addition to being elected to the film academy, DuVernay also announced a project that will focus on cops unjustly killing black people which is set to premiere in August.