Letter #658: Oscars Observations

Dear Oscars,

On a night filled with glitter, glitz, fame, fashion and all of Hollywood’s finest, you did not disappoint.

From Ellen ordering pizza, to John Travolta butchering Idina Menzel’s name, to my sister texting me to ask if Ellen really broke Twitter, you had some good flair.

And don’t forget Meryl Streep’s shimmy, Jennifer Lawrence’s red carpet fall (the bloopers from her playing Katniss have to be hilarious), the selfie Bradley Cooper took with the most famous people in it ever and so much more.

I haven’t seen any of the films that were up for awards except for Frozen (hi, my name is Lindsay, and I work at a summer camp!), so my level of interest was minimal concerning who won. There are a few more movies on my list to see now, but I was mostly watching to laugh and be aware of what’s happening in culture. You met my needs.

I don’t love awards shows, but I half-heartedly watched part of you while getting my life in order for the week and read tweets after that made me laugh. Seriously, Twitter is at its prime during live events.

So in the midst of everyone else analyzing dress/designer choices, celebrity interactions and every other detail of these mere human beings lives that we tend treat as our modern day Captain Americas, I have three random thoughts:

  1. Making people laugh is not easy. Can you imagine being responsible for the entertainment of thousands at an event , most of which are entertainers themselves, on top of millions viewing from home? It can’t be easy, but when you’re good at it, it has to be the most fun thing ever. Ellen is really good at it. I have LOTS to learn before my future stand up career. 🙂
  2. Speeches. They’re either really good or well, REALLY BAD. You have to love a speech that pulls out of the self-centeredness that is Hollywood and points people to something greater. Lupita Nyong’o”s speech was remarkable. “…no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.” Keep dreaming world.
  3. Matthew McConaughey. I’m still trying to wrap my arms around him. He’s a bit all over the place, but I appreciate his authenticity. Again, he stepped outside of himself and made his speech more purposeful than it had to be. His ideas on needing “someone to look up to, something to look forward to and someone to chase” come with great depth. I don’t know what he actually believes, but thanks for acknowledging God’s role in your talents. Thanks for celebrating your family, specifically your wife and kids. It’s rare a traditional family, the kind seen scripturally, is celebrated these days. Thanks for thinking outside of the hero box and giving each of us something to strive for as well as pushing us to live with purpose when you said yourself in 10 years is who you’re always chasing. I’m sure I analyzed your words far more than most, but I appreciate the depth and vulnerability you showed.

All in all, you didn’t disappoint. I’m always blown away by the amount of money, time and energy invested in events like you, but I am also surprised by your ability to draw awareness through the celebration of cinema. Millions of people are more aware slavery still exists today because “12 Years a Slave” won Best Picture. Steve McQueen’s speech: “Everyone deserves not just to survive, but to live”…I dedicate this award to all the people who have endured slavery. And the 21 million people who still suffer slavery today.”

Until next time,

Oscars observer