Ava DuVernay joins the film academy’s Board of Governors

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – Filmmaker Ava DuVernay has been elected to the film academy’s Board of Governors for the first time.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its new members Wednesday, which include the “Selma” filmmaker, “A Star is Born” producer Lynette Howell Taylor and casting director Debra Zane. The academy has increased the number of women and people of color on the board.

Incumbent governors reelected include Whoopi Goldberg, “Dolemite Is My Name” screenwriter Larry Karaszewski and Participant Media CEO David Linde among others.

The organization that puts on the Oscars said that the number of women on the board has gone from 25 to 26 and people of color from 11 to 12.

The Board of Governors represent each of the academy’s 17 branches and work to set the organization’s strategy, finances and “fulfillment of its mission.”

FILE -This Feb. 9, 2020 file photo shows filmmaker Ava DuVernay at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif. DuVernay directed the four-part Netflix series “When They See US,” which explores the true story of the Central Park Five, five black and Latino teenagers who were coerced into confessing to a rape they didn’t commit in 1989. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
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