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Oscar’s Inspiring Moments!

posted by Douglas Howe

Big awards shows show us the human side of stars as they navigate spontaneous moments that can even make them nervous. That’s why we like Oscar night, which is the biggest of these. While the show itself may not have won huge ratings points, I found more inspiring and touching moments in this year’s show than usual:

  • The many, many winners who wrote speeches because they knew they’d be too flustered to remember everyone, and the many, many winners whose hands were so jittery they could barely read their notes;
  • Jennifer Hudson’s authentic and natural expression, “Look at what God can do,” and also “My grandmother… she had the passion for it, but she never had the chance.”
  • 73-year old Alan Arkin freely setting his statue on the ground, perhaps a first in Oscar history;
  • Clint Eastwood in the role of translator, handling Italian for his friend who won the special award;
  • The moment each year where tribute is paid to those who’ve passed, inviting each of us to consider our own legacies and what awaits on the other side;
  • Seeing new art forms (at least new for us) in the gymnasts who formed the wonderful real-life figures behind the white screen, as well as the sound-effects orchestra called “The Hollywood Film Chorale Sound Effects Choir.”
  • Any time we get to hear James Taylor sing;
  • Helen Mirren, who gave her poised speech with no notes and one of her earrings in her hand;
  • Nominees Leonardo Di Caprio, Ryan Gosling, and Will Smith standing for an extended time in honor of the Best Actor who’d just won over them, Forrest Whitaker;
  • Mr. Whitaker’s impassioned speech about the light inside of each of us and how, through acting, he’s been able to reach his goal of connecting to “everyone,”
  • The kind of loose hooting and hollering (for Scorsese’s win) usually reserved for other shows but not the Oscars;

Two other mentions: My least favorite moments were every time the band was cutting people off, especially the second or third writing or backroom partner who’ll never get another chance to thank his wife and love on his kids. And, some kind of special award has to go to Al Gore’s agent or manager for his unbelievably high profile at the Grammys and Oscars. He’s been funny, human, warm, and well-disciplined. He’s doing wonders for our environment–which is needed–and he could probably announce his bid for president, but why would he want to? This has got to be more fun for him!



  • http://HASH(0xfd7cf30) Deacon John M. Bresnahan

    I just loved all their “green lectures” and their putting on a screen orders for us peasants to follow–like ride public transportation. This from the rich Hollywood elite who arrive in gas guzzling limousines, own fleets of SUVs, and travel in their own environment raping private jets. I’ll take them seriously when I bump into-or even read about- a few of them on a passenger train–the very most environmentally friendly way to travel. How did Al Gore travel to the Oscars–did any so-called reporter dig a little to find out??? I doubt if he rode in on a bicycle.

  • http://refdesk.com Linda Carlson

    I wasn’t too excited about Gore getting an Oscar; but with most radical liberals out,a lesbian who I agree has no decent life,- a natural other bore,- it stands to reason; adding unjust lies about our decent military and slandering our nation for just the weather problem,- it is a truely indecent warped Truth. What is truth? like a Reality Show. I doubt it.

  • http://HASH(0xfd7e614) Aura Matthews

    I thought the Oscars were good. And I love that they’re are always touching moments at each one – So nice to see in Hollywood. :)

  • http://HASH(0xfd7ee38) Aura Matthews

    BTW, a lot of actors/actresses arrived in Hybird cars actually.

  • Anonymous

    Jennifer I smile when I saw you on tv smiling I never use to watch tv before I watched OPRAH when I came here and turn my tv off now GOD give all his people a reason why they should watch tv I watch ET many shows just to see you to hear you talk you are so precious I love Carrie Underwood Fantaisa now I am planning to go to broadway theatre just to see Fantaisa hope to see you & Carrie in a broadway show you guys make america very very special now thru you children I see what america & american are all about>

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