I love all art, but stories are my oxygen.
I couldn’t live in a world where I couldn’t watch, read or tell stories. And film is the most engaging storytelling device of all, with the maestro of this experience being the screenwriter.
As you’d expect of a long time film buff and writer, the Academy Awards are a special television event I look forward to every year. I can see why people may see them as extravagant and self indulgent, but I think celebration of art is important.
Film is a powerful medium.
It can ease contentious issues into everyday dinner conversation and open people’s minds to the plight of others without the confrontation that can go with political activism.
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner was very controversial in its day for its depiction of an inter-racial relationship. I’d like to think that controversy is much diminished today. And at a time when just the word, AIDS sent people into a panic, Philadelphia gave an empathetic face to this disease with Tom Hanks, the all-American hero.
And that’s why sometimes the Academy Awards are not just all froth and bubble.
I haven’t seen this film yet (it hasn’t come out near me) and only know some basic elements of the story, but I am definitely going to see it.
Has there ever been a more emotionally compelling Oscar’s speech? I’ve been watching these awards for about 25 years and I don’t think so.
This speech is beautiful for the simplicity of its heartfelt message and the emotion that this young gay man feels about his place in society, in his country.
Even if you don’t care a toss for films or film folk, you have to take a minute and a half to watch this video. It makes me even more convinced of the power of love and the need to afford equal rights to all citizens, regardless of who they choose to love.
Because love and respect are as necessary to humans as food and water. By giving someone unconditional love, you really can change their world.
Start with your own children. Regardless of who they are, love them fiercely.
Show them you are on their side. Tell them they are okay exactly the way they are. That they deserve something great in this life. And there is nothing greater than love.
And if you haven’t already, watch this other inspiring video over at Jungle of Life.
Have a good weekend, my friends.