Monday Movie Report: Whoopi Goldberg Elected As New Academy Governor

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the results for its Board of Governors election recently.

Variety reports that those elected to the board included Whoopi Goldberg to the actors branch as well as Kimberly Peirce to the directors branch and Larry Karaszewski to the writers branch.

According to the Oscars website, the board sets the Academy’s strategic vision, preserves the organization’s financial health and assures the fulfillment of its mission.

On the actors branch, Goldberg will join Oscar winner Tom Hanks and Academy Award nominee Laura Dern. Goldberg herself won an Oscar for her performance in “Ghost” and earned another nomination with her work in “The Color Purple.”

The complete list of first time board governors elected was:

  • Whoopi Goldberg, Actors Branch
  • Mandy Walker, Cinematographers Branch
  • Isis Mussenden, Costume Designers Branch
  • Wynn Thomas, Designers Branch
  • Kimberly Peirce, Directors Branch
  • David Linde, Executive Branch
  • Christina Kounelias, Public Relations Branch
  • Thomas Sito, Short Films/Animation Branch
  • Teri Dorman, Sound Branch
  • Larry Karaszewski, Writers Branch

Incumbent governors reelected to the board, meanwhile, were:

  • Lora Kennedy, Casting Directors Branch
  • Kate Amend, Documentary Branch
  • Michael Tronick, Film Editors Branch
  • Kathryn Blondell, Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch
  • Charles Bernstein, Music Branch
  • Albert Berger, Producers Branch

According to Variety, the board will next meet for the election of a new president.

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Three new movies hit theaters last week but just two made the top five. The “Despicable Me” sequel took a huge $75 million its opening weekend while the smaller budgeted heist movie “Baby Driver” earned a respectable $21 million.

The full top five from the weekend was:
1. Despicable Me 3 – $75,410,275
2. Baby Driver – $21,000,000
3. Transformers: The Last Knight – $17,000,000
4. Wonder Woman – $16,100,000
5. Cars 3 – $9,524,000

Next weekend will likely see a new No. 1, as the latest “Spider-Man” movie comes to cinemas. Additionally, the paranormal drama “A Ghost Story” is also slated for release.