In its annual post-Oscars meeting, the Academy's Board of Governors is scheduled to meet tonight and recap the season. The group has quite a bit on its docket as it discusses this year's Oscars ceremony and season, what worked and what didn't.
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In its annual post-Oscars meeting, the Academy's Board of Governors is scheduled to meet tonight and recap the season.
The group has quite a bit on its docket as it discusses this year's Oscars ceremony and season, what worked and what didn't.
According to a March 3 article in The Hollywood Reporter, the group will also examine the Best Picture category and whether or not to return to a classic five-nominee category. This would throw out the new five-to-ten nominee system adopted in 2011, if the group decides to go that route.
The Los Angeles Times spoke to governors on both sides of the fence, but argues that it's a bad idea.
"We should be open to change, sure, but we shouldn't be putting our fingers to the wind every two years," one governor told the Times, "Unless someone has a good argument for going back to five, I can't see a reason to change yet again."
Also on tonight's docket: "Separately, the Academy's awards committee is conducting its own review of the most recent broadcast, and it is expected to present a post-mortem at the March 24 meeting," The Hollywood Reporter article said.
The 51-member board should also set the date for next year's ceremony (Feb. 21, 2016, would be in line with the current trend).
During tonight's discussions, the producers of the ceremony itself could be a topic. While the hiring of producers typically falls under the responsibility of board president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the board could tell her to find new blood.
Three-time consecutive Oscars producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have recently hinted on Twitter that they would not be asked again.
Hoping that whoever produces the #Oscars next year will retain our innovations: #TeamOscar program & reading all 24 nom on Oscar nom morning
— Craig Zadan (@craigzadan) March 8, 2015
Want to thank all @TheAcademy & all @abcnetwork for support for last 3 yrs. We got to work w/ the greatest talents in Hwd on 3 telecasts.
— Craig Zadan (@craigzadan) March 1, 2015
This year's telecast had a 16 percent drop in ratings, down from last year’s big numbers, a 10-year high.
Whatever is determined tonight, expect an announcement within the coming days about the ceremony date, along with any big changes.
About the board
There are 51 members of the Board of Governors, according to the Academy's website. That number does not include Academy CEO Dawn Hudson, who is listed as an officer.
"The Board of Governors is responsible for corporate management, control and general policies," the site says.
Officers of the board are as follows:
President - Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Public Relations Branch
First Vice President - Jeffrey Kurland, Costume Designers Branch
Vice President - John Bailey, Cinematographers Branch
Vice President - Leonard Engelman, Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch
Treasurer - Dick Cook, Executives Branch
Secretary - Bill Kroyer, Short Films and Feature Animation Branch
The Academy’s 17 branches are each represented by three governors, who may serve up to three consecutive three-year terms. Officers serve one-year terms, with a maximum of four consecutive years in any one office.
Here is the full list of 51 governors (including the officers listed above) with their respective branches:
Kate Amend, Documentary Branch
John Bailey, Cinematographers Branch
Ed Begley Jr., Actors Branch
Curt Behlmer, Sound Branch
Annette Bening, Actors Branch
Albert Berger, Producers Branch
Charles Bernstein, Music Branch
Kathryn Bigelow, Directors Branch
Jim Bissell, Designers Branch
Kathryn Blondell, Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch
Jon Bloom, Short Films and Feature Animation Branch
Rick Carter, Designers Branch
Bill Condon, Writers Branch
Dick Cook, Executives Branch
Bill Corso, Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch
Caleb Deschanel, Cinematographers Branch
Richard Edlund, Visual Effects Branch
Leonard Engelman, Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch
Rob Epstein, Documentary Branch
Daniel Fellman, Executives Branch
Charles Fox, Music Branch
Rob Friedman, Public Relations Branch
Alex Gibney, Documentary Branch
Mark Goldblatt, Film Editors Branch
Arthur Hamilton, Music Branch
Tom Hanks, Actors Branch
Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Public Relations Branch
Mark Johnson, Producers Branch
Lora Kennedy, Casting Directors Branch
Kathleen Kennedy, Producers Branch
Lynzee Klingman, Film Editors Branch
John Knoll, Visual Effects Branch
Bill Kroyer, Short Films and Feature Animation Branch
Jeffrey Kurland, Costume Designers Branch
Judianna Makovsky, Costume Designers Branch
Mark Mangini, Sound Branch
Michael Mann, Directors Branch
Scott Millan, Sound Branch
Deborah Nadoolman Landis, Costume Designers Branch
Amy Pascal, Executives Branch
Jan Pascale, Designers Branch
Phil Robinson, Writers Branch
Bob Rogers, Short Films and Feature Animation Branch
David Rubin, Casting Directors Branch
Dante Spinotti, Cinematographers Branch
Robin Swicord, Writers Branch
Bill Taylor, Visual Effects Branch
Bernard Telsey, Casting Directors Branch
Michael Tronick, Film Editors Branch
Nancy Utley, Public Relations Branch
Edward Zwick, Directors Branch
Stay tuned to The Gold Knight for the latest.
The 87th Academy Awards, for outstanding film achievements of 2014, were presented on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live on ABC and in more than 225 countries worldwide.