Talk:Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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American, not international[edit]

The AMPAS (as it's abbreviated in the article) is only American, and more specifically USA-ian (although that's not a word), isn't it? If I were reading the article and didn't know what the Academy was, I'd think it was an international thing. I thought about changing it, but to be sure I wasn't wrong in this (which I'm 99% certain I'm not), I decided to ask. So, isn't it only an American academy? --Sterio 20:06, 26 February 2006 (UTC)

You propose to change what? The name of the organization? It is named what it is named, and it would be wrong for Wikipedia to pretend otherwise. AMPAS is also the largest and most prestigious organization of its type in the world, so it is most likely the article desired if people use the full name. 05:19, 9 March 2006 (UTC)


Who funds the AoMPAaS?-- (talk) 14:22, 19 April 2010 (UTC)

The Academy was formed as a union-busting device.[edit]

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was formed to stave off the formation of any guilds or unions. Here's some quotes from the book "The Hollywood Writers' Wars", by Nancy Lynn Schwartz, Alfred A. Knopf publisher, New York, 1982, pg. 8..."Functioning actually as a company union, the Academy managed to delay any serious labor organizing in Hollywood for over five years." At the dinner at the Biltmore with the first 36 people, "Mayer harangued his guests, convincing them that an organization such as the Academy would be far preferable to any craft union that was antagonistic toward the producers." "In response to the producers' desire to control all unions, on May 11, 1927, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was established". Page 9: "The motion picture producers felt reassured by the Academy. They were aware of the struggles against producers and managers in New York by Actors' Equity and the Dramatists Guild, and they congratulated themselves on the creation of an organization that would keep the industry free from strong talent organizations." (talk) 19:42, 9 February 2011 (UTC)

Exactly. That's why it's important to not just take info from the Academy's web site and their own documents and present them as "truth." Bruriyah (talk) 20:58, 24 January 2016 (UTC)

Diversity controversy regarding membership and nominations[edit]

If you google "Oscars" right now all you'll see is info about the lack of diversity, the threatened boycott and the Academy's response. After initial denials there was any problem, the Academy is now taking steps it describes as "historic." We need to make sure that this topic stays up-to-date in the article, since there's always more interest in the Academy right about Oscar time rather than any other time of the year. Need to take out info that is not properly referenced , particularly stuff that's puffery or simply copied from the Academy web site.. Bruriyah (talk) 21:05, 24 January 2016 (UTC)

The Oscars are only one feature of AMPAS, a large encompassing organization. While the controversy should certainly have a mention in this article, it properly belongs in the article relating to the actual Awards If there are no objections I'll move the bulk of the text addressing the controversy to that article. – Sir Lionel, EG(talk) 10:25, 10 October 2016 (UTC)

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Academy expulsions[edit]

Should add a section on Academy expulsions: Carmine Caridi and Harvey Weinstein. Thanks. (talk) 16:52, 15 October 2017 (UTC)