Ava DuVernay Among Six Elected to Film Academy Board for First Time

Ava DuVernay has been elected to represent the directors branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on its board of governors, part of a historic wave that establishes new records for women (26) and people of color (12) on the 54-person board (up from 25 and 11, respectively).

DuVernay, whose 2014 film Selma was denied best director and best actor Oscar nominations, partially fueling the #OscarsSoWhite controversy that resulted in significant changes at the Academy, is among six people who, via elections that ran from June 1 to 5, were elected to the board for the first time. (All board members are elected to three-year terms. Seventeen of the board’s 51 seats come up for election every year; the other three are filled by appointment of the Academy president every three years.)

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