Who doesn’t love the Academy Awards? It’s an evening when all Hollywood turns out to celebrate what they do best: Storytelling! They tell every type of story in as many ways as there are visual media for sharing one’s ideas.
Yes, I love the glamor, the “costumes” and the spectacle of the evening. I love that they got Ellen DeGeneres to host. Seldom has Oscars humor been so genuine. Who else would have thought to order pizza for the crowd, then take up a collection to pay for it, telling Brad Pitt he should contribute more, since he had two movies up for awards.
But most of all, I love that there are so many first-time winners, that there are so many dreamers who dare to reach for the moon. For as they say, even if you miss, you still land among the stars. Speaking of dreamers, if I were to give an award for the most moving and eloquent acceptance speech, it would go to Lupita Nyong’o. Not only did she acknowledge that her success was built on the pain of others, but she gave every little child permission, no, encouragement to dream.
So we congratulate to nominees and winners alike for their creativity, their vision and their pursuit of dreams. We send special thoughts to our friends David Riker and Jeremy Scahill, producers of Dirty Wars, the final film of our 20th Anniversary Film Forum and Speaker Series. David gave us entertaining and provocative insights when he joined us via skype to interact with audience members at the showing. Although Dirty Wars didn’t win the Oscar, we applaud them for their pursuit of the truth and for raising awareness about issues often overlooked by mainstream media.
For the full results from the 86th Academy Awards, click here.
P.S. Ellen collected about $600 and the young man who delivered the pizza was astounded to get a $1000 tip, plus the chance to serve pizza to one of his fave actresses, Julia Roberts, who he first saw in Pretty Woman back when he lived in his native city of Moscow.