MOVIES | Michael Moore, Kathryn Bigelow, Anne Coates among new governors of the Academy


A trio of Oscar recipients—director Kathryn Bigelow, film editor Anne Coates, and documentarian Michael Moore—make up the year’s first-time electees to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors.

Coates received her award for the editing of Lawrence of Arabia, Moore won in the Documentary Feature category for Bowling from Columbine, and Bigelow received Oscars this year in the Directing category and as one of the producers of The Hurt Locker, according to the Academy.

Founded in 1927 by 36 of the most influential men and women in the motion picture industry at the time, the Academy is an honorary membership organization whose ranks now include more than 6,000 artists and professionals.

The Academy’s corporate management and general policies are overseen by the 43-member Board of Governors, which includes representatives from each of the 15 craft branches, said the Oscars website.

Kathryn Bigelow will represent the Directors Branch, Anne Coates the Film Editors Branch, and Michael Moore the Documentary Branch, says Academy Director of Communications Leslie Unger.

Each of the Academy’s 15 branches are represented by three Governors, who may serve up to three consecutive three-year terms. Terms are staggered so that each branch elects or reelects one governor each year. The exception is the Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch which is represented by a single governor.

The 15 branches, with member totals, include:

  • actors (1,025)
  • animators and short film makers (340)
  • art directors and costume designers (374)
  • cinematographers (200)
  • composers and songwriters (234)
  • documentary filmmakers (151)
  • directors (366)
  • executives (437)
  • film editors (221)
  • makeup artists and hairstylists (118)
  • producers (452)
  • public relations specialists (368)
  • sound artists and engineers (405)
  • visual effects experts (279) and
  • writers (382)

The Board of Governors is also responsible for invitations into the Academy membership and limits invites to those who have achieved distinction in the arts and sciences of motion pictures.

A candidate must be sponsored by at least two members of the branch for which the person may qualify. Each proposed member must first receive the endorsement of the branch’s executive committee before his/her name is submitted to the Board.

Individuals nominated for an Academy Award who are not already members will be considered for membership.

In June, the Academy extended invitations to 135 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures to join the organization. Those who accept the invitation will be the only additions in 2010 to the Academy’s roster of voting members.

“The work of these individuals has been appreciated by moviegoers all around the world,” said Academy President Tom Sherak in a press release. “The Academy is proud to invite each and every one of them.”

The Academy’s membership policies would have allowed a maximum of 180 new members this year but as in other recent years, the several branch committees endorsed fewer candidates than were proposed to them. Voting membership in the organization has now held steady at just under 6,000 members since 2003.

New members will be welcomed into the Academy at an invitation-only reception at the Academy’s Fairbanks Center for Motion Picture Study in Beverly Hills in September.

The 2010 invitees into the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences are:


  • Tobin Bell – “Saw,” “The Firm”
  • Vera Farmiga – “Up in the Air,” “The Departed”
  • Miguel Ferrer – “Traffic,” “RoboCop”
  • James Gandolfini – “In the Loop,” “Get Shorty”
  • Anna Kendrick – “Up in the Air,” “Twilight”
  • Mo’Nique – “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,” “Phat Girlz”
  • Carey Mulligan – “An Education,” “Public Enemies”
  • Jeremy Renner – “The Hurt Locker,” “28 Weeks Later”
  • Ryan Reynolds – “The Proposal,” “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”
  • LaTanya Richardson Jackson – “Mother and Child,” “Losing Isaiah”
  • Peter Riegert – “Traffic,” “Crossing Delancey”
  • Sam Robards – “A.I. Artificial Intelligence,” “American Beauty”
  • Saoirse Ronan – “The Lovely Bones,” “Atonement”
  • Zoe Saldana – “Avatar,” “Star Trek”
  • Adam Sandler – “Funny People,” “Punch-Drunk Love”
  • Peter Sarsgaard – “An Education,” “Boys Don’t Cry”
  • Gabourey Sidibe – “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
  • Shaun Toub – “Iron Man,” “The Kite Runner”
  • Christoph Waltz – “Inglourious Basterds”
  • George Wyner – “A Serious Man,” “American Pie 2”


  • Ken Bielenberg – “Monsters vs Aliens,” “Shrek”
  • Peter de Seve – “Ice Age Dawn of the Dinosaurs,” “Ratatouille”
  • Steve Hickner – “Bee Movie,” “The Prince of Egypt”
  • Angus MacLane – “Toy Story 3,” “WALL-E”
  • Darragh O’Connell – “Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty,” “Give Up Yer Aul Sins”
  • Simon Otto – “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Kung Fu Panda”
  • Bob Pauley – “Toy Story 3,” “Monsters, Inc.”
  • Willem Thijssen – “The Aroma of Tea,” “A Greek Tragedy”

Art Directors

  • Kim Sinclair – “Avatar,” “Cast Away”
  • Dave Warren – “Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” “Bridget Jones’s Diary”


  • Darcy Antonellis
  • John Lowry

Casting Directors

  • Laura Rosenthal – “The Messenger,” “I’m Not There”


  • Barry Ackroyd – “The Hurt Locker,” “United 93”
  • Christian Berger – “The White Ribbon,” “Cache”
  • Hagen Bogdanski – “The Young Victoria,” “The Lives of Others”
  • Shane Hurlbut – “Terminator Salvation,” “We Are Marshall”
  • Tom Hurwitz – “Valentino The Last Emperor,” “Ghosts of Abu Ghraib”
  • Dan Mindel – “Star Trek,” “Mission: Impossible III”
  • Tobias Schliessler – “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3,” “Hancock”
  • Stephen Windon – “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift,” “House of Wax”
  • Robert Yeoman – “Get Him to the Greek,” “The Squid and the Whale”

Costume Designers

  • Catherine Leterrier – “Coco before Chanel,” “Avenue Montaigne”
  • Janet Patterson – “Bright Star,” “The Piano”


  • Jacques Audiard – “A Prophet,” “The Beat That My Heart Skipped”
  • Juan Jose Campanella – “The Secret in Their Eyes,” “Son of the Bride”
  • Lee Daniels – “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,” “Shadowboxer”
  • Claudia Llosa – “The Milk of Sorrow,” “Madeinusa”
  • Lone Scherfig – “An Education,” “Italian for Beginners”
  • Adam Shankman – “Bedtime Stories,” “Hairspray”


  • Nancy Baker – “Rehearsing a Dream,” “Born into Brothels”
  • Rick Goldsmith – “The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers,” “Tell the Truth and Run: George Seldes and the American Press”
  • Davis Guggenheim – “It Might Get Loud,” “An Inconvenient Truth”
  • Tia Lessin – “Capitalism: A Love Story,” “Trouble the Water”
  • Cara Mertes – “The Betrayal,” “My Country, My Country”
  • Frazer Pennebaker – “Al Franken: God Spoke,” “The War Room”
  • Julia Reichert – “The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant,” “Seeing Red”
  • Morgan Spurlock – “Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden?,” “Super Size Me”


  • Christopher W. Aronson
  • Jim Berk
  • Philippe Dauman
  • Sheila DeLoach
  • Donald Peter Granger
  • Nathan Kahane
  • Andrew Karpen
  • Ryan Kavanaugh
  • David Kosse
  • David Andrew Spitz
  • Emma Watts

Film Editors

  • Robert Frazen – “Synecdoche, New York,” “Smart People”
  • Dana E. Glauberman – “Up in the Air,” “Thank You for Smoking”
  • Joe Klotz – “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,” “Grace Is Gone”
  • Bob Murawski – “The Hurt Locker,” “Spider-Man”
  • John Refoua – “Avatar,” “Reno 911!: Miami”

Live Action Short Films

  • Joachim Back – “The New Tenants”
  • Gregg Helvey – “Kavi,” “The Knife Grinder’s Tale”

Makeup Artists and Hairstylists

  • Kris Evans – “X-Men The Last Stand,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”
  • Jane Galli – “Knight and Day,” “3:10 to Yuma”
  • Mindy Hall – “Star Trek,” “World Trade Center”
  • Joel Harlow – “Star Trek,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”
  • Jenny Shircore – “The Young Victoria,” “Elizabeth”


  • Christophe Beck – “The Hangover,” “Bring It On”
  • Bono – “Gangs of New York,” “In the Name of the Father”
  • T Bone Burnett – “Crazy Heart,” “Cold Mountain”
  • The Edge – “Gangs of New York,” “GoldenEye”
  • Brian Tyler – “Fast & Furious,” “Aliens vs. Predator Requiem”


  • Stephanie Allain – “Black Snake Moan,” “Hustle & Flow”
  • Gregory Jacobs – “The Informant!,” “The Good German”
  • Jon Landau – “Avatar,” “Titanic”
  • Marc Turtletaub – “Away We Go,” “Little Miss Sunshine”
  • Glenn Williamson – “Sunshine Cleaning,” “Hollywoodland”

Production Designers

  • Kirk M. Pertruccelli – “The Incredible Hulk,” “The Patriot”
  • Edward S. Verreaux – “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra,” “Jurassic Park III”

Public Relations

  • Dwight Caines
  • Suzanne M. Cole
  • Tommy Gargotta
  • Sophie Gluck
  • Josh Greenstein
  • Pamela Levine
  • Wendy Lightbourn
  • Michele Robertson
  • Tony Sella

Set Decorators

  • Maggie Gray – “The Young Victoria,” “Ella Enchanted”
  • Douglas A. Mowat – “Role Models,” “The Sixth Sense”
  • Caroline Smith – “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus,” “Match Point”


  • Frank Eulner – “Iron Man 2,” “Hellboy”
  • Adam Jenkins – “I Love You, Man,” “Crash”
  • Tony Lamberti – “Inglourious Basterds,” “Sideways”
  • Dennis Leonard – “Disney’s A Christmas Carol,” “The Polar Express”
  • Tom Myers – “Up,” “WALL-E”
  • Paul N.J. Ottosson – “The Hurt Locker,” “Spider-Man 3”
  • Resul Pookutty – “Ghajini,” “Slumdog Millionaire”
  • Gary A. Rizzo – “How to Train Your Dragon,” “The Dark Knight”
  • Michael Silvers – “Up,” “Ratatouille”
  • Gwendolyn Yates Whittle – “Avatar,” “The Simpsons Movie”

Visual Effects

  • Matt Aitken – “District 9,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring”
  • Karen Ansel – “Angels & Demons,” “Men in Black II”
  • Richard Baneham – “Avatar,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers”
  • Eric Barba – “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Zodiac”
  • Paul Debevec – “Avatar,” “King Kong”
  • Russell Earl – “Star Trek,” “Transformers”
  • Steve Galich – “Date Night,” “Transformers”
  • Andrew R. Jones – “Avatar,” “I, Robot”
  • Dan Kaufman – “District 9,” “Ocean’s Thirteen”
  • Derek Spears – “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor,” “Superman Returns”
  • Steve Sullivan – “Avatar,” “Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith”
  • Michael J. Wassel – “Hellboy II: The Golden Army,” “The Bourne Identity”


  • Neill Blomkamp – “District 9”
  • Mark Boal – “The Hurt Locker,” “In the Valley of Elah”
  • Geoffrey Fletcher – “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
  • Nick Hornby – “An Education,” “Fever Pitch”
  • Alex Kurtzman – “Star Trek,” “Mission: Impossible III”
  • Tom McCarthy – “Up,” “The Visitor”
  • Roberto Orci – “Star Trek,” “Mission: Impossible III”
  • Terri Tatchell – “District 9”

The Board also may invite individuals to become members-at-large and associate members. Members-at-large are those engaged in motion picture production, but for whose craft there is no separate branch. They have all the privileges of branch membership except for representation on the Board of Governors.

Associate members are those closely allied to the industry but not actively engaged in motion picture production. They are not represented on the Board and do not vote on Academy Awards.

The Board also hosts the annual Governors Ball, the event immediately following the Oscar show.

(Above) Documentarian Michael Moore on the set of Bowling for Columbine. He was elected by the Documentary branch of the Academy Awards to serve on the Board of Governors. (Photo courtesy of the Academy Awards).

(Above) Anne Coates was elected by the Film Editors branch to the Academy’s Board of Governors. Coates is best known for her Oscar win editing the film Lawrence of Arabia. (Photo by Todd Wawrychuk / ©A.M.P.A.S).

(Above) Peter Sarsgaard, 2009 Oscar nominee for The Education, is one of 135 invitees into the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. The Academy’s Board of Governors selects the invitees. (Photo by Lindsay Teed).

(Above) Actor Christoph Waltz, nominated for a 2009 Oscar for Inglourious Basterds, is an invitee into the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences organization. The 135 invitees will announce in September if they will accept membership and join the 6,000 members already part of the Academy. Invitations are submitted by the Board of Governors. (Photo by Lindsay Teed).

(Above) Gregg Helvey (right) is an Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences  invitee and a 2009 Oscar contender for his Live Action Short Film Kavi. The young star of his film, Sagar Salunke, is to the left. (Photo by Lindsay Teed).

(Above) Actress Carey Mulligan, Oscar nominee for the film An Education, is one of 135 invitees into the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. (Photo by Lindsay Teed).

(Above) Actress Zoe Saldana, a 2009 Oscar nominee for Avatar, is an invitee for membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Board of Governors select the invitees. (Photo by Lindsay Teed).

(Above) Oscar winner Mo’Nique is an invitee for membership in the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences organization. She is shown on Oscar night 2009 holding her award for her role in Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire. (Photo by Todd Wawrychuk/ ©A.M.P.A.S)

(Above) 2009 Oscar nominee Gabourey Sidibe, for her role in Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire, is an invitee for membership in the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. 135 names were submitted for membership by the Governor’s Board. (Photo by Richard Harbaugh/©A.M.P.A.S).

(Above) Gabourey Sidibe turns to greet Jesse James, the now ex-husband of Oscar winning actress Sandra Bullock, on the red carpet at the Academy Awards in March. (Photo by Lindsay Teed).

(Above) Actor Ryan Reynolds winds his way through the Red Carpet crowd at the 82nd Academy Awards in March. Reynolds, best known for his role in The Proposal, is an invitee for membership in the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. (Photo by Lindsay Teed).

(Above) Actor Jeremy Renner, best known for his Oscar-nominated role in The Hurt Locker, is an invitee for membership in the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. (Photo by Lindsay Teed).