Laura Dern, Steven Spielberg elected to academy board of governors

LOS ANGELES, July 19 (UPI) — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says actress Laura Dern and director Steven Spielberg have been elected to its 2016-17 board of governors.

“I’m honored and privileged to welcome the academy’s new board,” Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs said in a statement Monday.

“I thank our members for actively participating and taking another step toward inclusion, one that will bring new ideas and perspectives as we continue to expand our global outreach while leading our community forward.”

Also elected to the board for the first time are costume designer Sharen K. Davis, documentary filmmaker Roger Ross Williams, composer Laura Karpman and sound engineer Kevin Collier.

The academy presents the Oscars for excellence in film each year.

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