Oscar 2015: Scribe Billy Ray Takes Final Seat on AMPAS 51 Member Board of Governors

Billy Ray, the screenwriter best known for co-adapting The Hunger Games for the big screen and for his Oscar-nominated Captain Phillips script, has taken the final seat on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) 51-member board of governors, the Academy announced.

Ray was one of four candidates seeking to become one of the three reps of the Academy’s writers branch, replacing incumbent Bill Condon, who did not seek reelection. The others were Larry KaraszewskiJames Schamus and Dana Stevens.

On July 10, AMPAS announed results of the 16 other Board races that took place this year (one-third of the Board comes up for election every year). Ray and Karaszewski tied for the seat on the writers branch. A run-off election was held between Ray and Karaszewksi, who wrote two films with Scott Alexander for director Tim Burton, Ed Wood and Big Eyes.

The run-off election, which was open only to members of the writers branch, took place from July 16 to 22.   Ray, who has not previously served on the board, will now serve alongside fellow writers Phil Alden Robinson and Robin Swicord.