It seems that enough has become enough and sound mixer Michael Minkler has responded to the outcry regarding his remarks in the Oscar press room Monday night about fellow mixer Kevin O'Connell. He boils it down to irritation at the press continually asking about Mr. O'Connell's streak of nominations sans Oscar (this is what you do in the movie business...you deal with the press) and chalks his final comment, the doosey, up to a stab at humor (that didn't seem the case to myself and a lot of people).
In any case, some response is better than none, and via email, Minkler has offered this up to a number of industry individuals:
Gentlemen, Friends, and Colleagues,
A very unfortunate situation has developed because of my stupid answers to some inappropriate questions. I did not seek this spotlight -- the press did, as they have in the past. It was wrong of them to ask the questions, and wrong, wrong, wrong of me to answer them the way that I did.
I apologize to all of you for creating a messy situation, and exposing the appearance of any dissention among our ranks.
The press has been asking me questions about Kevin since 2002. They continue to hound me with the same questions again and again, and this time I lost control, using bad choices of words and bitter sarcasm. The award should be about the work---period.
It is always my concern to preserve the Oscars' significance to the filmmaking community and its international audience. My thoughts got away from me at an emotional time, and that I regret.
My response to the last question was off-the-cuff sarcasm meant as humor. However it seems that it has caused even greater reaction...shock. I wanted to end the questioning and those words came out. Not funny. I am very sorry. The time and place was wrong for any of it.
Adding sentiment to this unfortunate situation has of course been the sorrowful passing of Skippy O'Connell. My sincere condolences go out to the entire O'Connell family.
I have been in communication with Kevin directly, and I wish the best for him in the future. I am sure that he will receive his due recognition on that same stage very soon, and I will be the first to congratulate him.
In my career, I'm sure that I have accidentally hurt people, but I've never intentionally sought to do harm. I ask forgiveness from them. I have given shots and taken some, but I don't believe that at any time, true malice was the objective.
I appreciate you sharing your personal thoughts with me, as I always have. I now thank you for allowing me to share mine with you.
Respect to all, Michael Minkler [src]
EARLIER: Greg P. Russell's Response