A few of my predictions came true last night at the 87th Annual Academy Awards, but far from all of them. And that’s okay.
There were highs and lows at the spectacle (Lady Gaga was a high, but many of the jokes fell flat).
I also thought the fashion was weak. Not a single dress stood out to me as amazing, although there were some winners (Lupita Nyong’o).
There were the traditional acceptance speeches gushing with gratitude to the Academy, all the nominees, spouses, children and even the family dog.
And then, there were acceptance speeches that were exceptional and momentous and moving; Patricia Arquette taking her 30 seconds of fame to talk about equal pay and rights for women. Graham Moore so eloquently sharing his own personal story of growing up depressed and confused and struggling to find his way – even trying to commit suicide when he was 16, only to find himself there last night, winning an Oscar.
Stepping away from the fickleness that Hollywood is known for, the night’s brightest stars were those who took the time to bring awareness to all of us; those of us who struggle everyday finding our way in the real world whether we are battling debilitating disease like ALS or Alzheimer’s or whether we are battling inequality from race, gender or sexual orientation.
It was brilliant to witness acceptance speeches truly filled with passion and love for our fellow man/woman kind.
More than any individual winner – for me – that was my favorite part of the show.
Well-played Oscar. Well played.