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Ex-Oscars Publicist: “Astounded, Shocked and Baffled” by Board’s “Rush to Judgment” (Guest Column)

Robert Werden, a member of the public relations branch who worked for the Academy for 18 years, writes, "What has happened here may well become a class project in a college PR 101 class."

’12 Years a Slave’ Screenwriter on Oscar Diversity: “We Are Not the Fringe” (Guest Column)

John Ridley, who won the best adapted screenplay Oscar and is a member of the writers branch, asserts, "We can't simply lament circumstances at the end of each year ... we must work to secure our own…

First Black Oscar-Winning Director: Rather Than Boycotting Ceremony, Support Push for Change

Roger Ross Williams, an Oscar-winning member of the documentary branch who won the best director of a doc prize at Sundance on Saturday, says, "I applaud Cheryl Boone Isaacs and the Board of…

Oscar Voter: Don’t “Capitulate to a Handful of Whiners” and Punish Me Because I Can’t Find Work

Bill Mumy, a member of the Academy's actors branch, weighs in on the #OscarsSoWhite controversy and the response to it.

Gay Female Oscar Voter to Academy: Don’t Kick Me Out “to Help You Deal With a Publicity Nightmare”

Patricia Resnick, a member of the Academy's writers branch who wrote '9 to 5,' weighs in on the #OscarsSoWhite controversy and the response to it.

Oscar Voter Who Once Ran Studios Chides Academy for “Exchanging Purported Racism With Ageism”

David Kirkpatrick, a member of the Academy's executives branch, weighs in on the #OscarsSoWhite controversy and the response to it.

Oscar Voter on Diversity Push: “Actors Are the Least Racist People I Have Ever Known”

Rutanya Alda, a member of the Academy's actors branch, weighs in on the #OscarsSoWhite controversy and the response to it.

Oscar Voter to Academy: I’m “No Longer Proud to Be a Member of This Organization”

Nancy Beiman, a member of the Academy's short films and feature animation branch, weighs in on the #OscarsSoWhite controversy and the response to it.

Oscar Voter Calls Diversity Efforts “A Momentary Appeasement of the Mob”

John Van Vliet, a member of the Academy's visual effects branch, weighs in on the #OscarsSoWhite controversy and the response to it.

Black Oscar Voter and Past Nominee on Academy: “New Guidelines Are Taking Us in the Right Direction”

Margaret Avery, a member of the actors branch, weighs in on the #OscarsSoWhite controversy and the response to it.

Oscar Voter Rips Diversity Plan: “Try Telling the NBA to Hire More White, Latino, Chinese or Eskimo Players”

Stephen Verona, a member of the Academy's directors branch, weighs in on the #OscarsSoWhite controversy and the response to it.

Gay Latino Oscar Voter Pens Letter to Academy President: “Are You Saying I Am Racist?”

Mark Reina, a member of the Academy's public relations branch, weighs in on the #OscarsSoWhite controversy and the response to it.