Not much has changed in Oscar pageantry either. Well some things have changed and noticeably. A self-professed Lesbian host, as well as a predominantly all African American film nominated, a Somalian and Kenyan best supporting actor nominee, to name a few. I am excited. I am encouraged. I am mostly glad that my children are growing up with a full capacity to not only enjoy the Oscars, but during a time that if they so chose to they could excel to a red carpet interview....that is if they so chose. We are living in a different day.
I really look forward to the fervor of the Oscars bleeding over into "the real world". That is to say a world where we can all truly share the same stage, with the same nervous apprehension, with the sameness of hope that we are chosen best amongst our peers. That is okay to stand up, stand out, all with joy, pride and certified accomplishment,
By the time this is read we will have a handful more "winners" and many more who will say it was nice to just have been nominated. The beautiful thing for all these winners and nominated is they are going to continue standing up, standing out and following their passions.
Many more of us will sit back and wait for next year's Oscars looking forward to someone else's fashion, poise, and magnificent speeches. Perhaps someone among us will break out, go all out, and chase the "Oscar" in their life. Now that would be a real world speech I would love to hear!