It's been some days since it has past but I'd love to share how this year's 87th Academy Awards had some very key moments to me.
This year, the Academy had received much deserved flack about the lack of diversity in nominations. For one, major awards such as Best Actor and Best Actress had not one person of color nominated. This recognition (or lack thereof) creates a global narrative that only White artists matter and we know that all artistry is noteworthy.
Well race wasn't the only highlight of the awards. Social justice, individualism, faith, patience and hard work were present as well!
Actors and actresses who've had long spanding careers finally were nominated and/or won awards last night. Teaching us the importance of sticking out your dream NO MATTER WHAT. When it is your time, the world will halt at your feet. Patricia Arquette, Michael Keaton, and Julianne Moore are 3 great examples of living life for the sake of living life. They contribute to the art of film because they love the characters they portray. They've all had careers over 15 years and have all had a long road to being nominated or chosen as a winner. The idea of mere perspiration with no accolade and the pure pleasure of your purpose being a reward in itself, touches me.
Screenwriter of The Theory Of Everything, Graham Moore shared a message of self pride and self love when he shared that he wanted to commit suicide when he was 16 because he was weird. He said, " When I was 16 years old I tried to kill myself because I felt weird and I felt different and I felt like I did not belong, and now I’m standing here,” he said on stage Sunday night. ”I would like for this moment to be for that kid out there who feels like she’s weird or she’s different or she doesn’t fit in anywhere. Yes you do. I promise you do. Stay weird. Stay different, and then when it’s your turn, and you are standing on this stage, please pass the same message along.”
Patricia Arquette used the stage after accepting her award to rally for equal rights and equal pay of women in all industries. “To every woman who gave birth to every citizen and taxpayer of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights,” she said. “It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America.”
Common spoke of social justice for all people and how the Selma march was still relevant to peoples struggle today. He stated, "The spirit of this bridge [referring to an onstage replica of Selma, Alabama's Edmund Pettus Bridge] connects the kid from the South Side of Chicago dreaming of a better life to those in France standing up for their freedom of expression, to the people in Hong Kong protesting for democracy," said Common (watch in the video above). "This bridge was built on hope, welded with compassion and elevated by love for all human beings."John Legend added, "We know that right now, the struggle for freedom and justice is real. We live in the most incarcerated country in the world. There are more black men under correctional control today than were under slavery in 1850. When people are marching with our song, we want to tell you we are with you, we see you, we love you and march on."
John Legend quoted, "We know that right now, the struggle for freedom and justice is real. We live in the most incarcerated country in the world. There are more black men under correctional control today than were under slavery in 1850. When people are marching with our song, we want to tell you we are with you, we see you, we love you and march on."
Inspiration to move forward, BE More, step in your purpose and share your gift and truth with the world can come from anywhere. If you're searching for something more, allow your spirit to recieve it.
If you have a story of inspiration, or feel moved by something in pop culture, I'd love to hear about it. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
By: Tiffany W.