This article is within the scope of WikiProject California, a collaborative effort to improve the coverage of the U.S. state of California on Wikipedia. If you would like to participate, please visit the project page, where you can join the discussion and see a list of open tasks.
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. 18.104.22.168 05:19, 9 March 2006 (UTC)
The Academy was formed as a union-busting device.
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." 22.214.171.124 (talk) 19:42, 9 February 2011 (UTC)