Kevin O'Connell Responds In Full
It looks like this whole mess with Michael Minkler will finally be put behind us, as Kevin has issued this statement regarding his doing the same. All things considered, the exchange has been publicized enough for any and everyone to take from it what they will, make their mind up as they choose. But Mr. O'Connell is doing the stand-up thing by putting this button on the issue and clearly moving forward without the desire to drag things out further, and that's a very professional thing to do.
O'Connell's response to the week's events:
I would first like to thank all of you for the overwhelming response to my mother's passing. To see such a positive response at one of the darkest times in my life has been unbelievably comforting, not just to me, but to my entire family as well.
As for all of your responses to Mr. Minkler's backstage comments:
I have never seen a community get together and rally around one of their own as you all have. It is deeply appreciated. Many people forwarded some of your responses to me, and I found them to be quite comforting.
On Thursday morning, March 1st, I was forwarded a letter from Mr. Minkler, in which he wrote:
"Dear Kevin, At a press event after the Oscars, I responded to what I thought was a misplaced question with a silly, sarcastic, and offhanded response. Regrettably, my remarks were not stated, understood, or reported in the spirit they were intended. It was not my intention to impugn your professionalism, your work, or your achievements. I wish you the best in the future. Best regards, Michael MInkler"
That said, I think it is time for all of us to move on in the best interest of the sound community, and put this behind us. I cannot express how moved I have been from all of your support. There is no doubt that I belong to a brotherhood that is unified, strong and proud, and exemplifies some of the finest human spirits in the motion picture industry.
I will be forever grateful.
Here's to the future and, hopefully, a deserving Oscar in due time for Mr. O'Connell and his partner, Greg P. Russell.