The 2008 Oscars

How interesting it was for me to watch the Oscars on Sunday night. I noticed what reflected my values - and what didn't.

I really appreciated the international flavour of the evening. I was thrilled to see that the movies, Juno and Once, were honoured as both were so filled with soul and heart. I respected Jon Stewart's kindness in bringing back the singer, Marketa Irglova, in Once for her best song win so that she could speak her beautiful and inspiring words of hope (the orchestra had previously cut her off when it had been her turn to say thank you).

What I had a problem with was the degree of violence in many of the top movies that were up for Academy Awards and actually won them. By mistake (and I say mistake because I don't like to watch violence and gore), we rented Gone Baby Gone in which one of the supporting actresses received a nomination. At the beginning, the trailer of A Country of Old Men, the winner of the Best Picture, was shown. I could barely watch it and felt grateful that I unknowingly didn't go see it at the show. I wonder about the disconnect between what is being offered to the public and what the public wants when I read that the money made from films is at an all-time low.

I realize that I learn so much more when I'm inspired. The movies that I most love are really about people who have the inner confidence to express themselves both vulnerably and openly as they make their way through the challenges of living. They learn...they move forward...they tap into the beauty of their spirits.

Watching the Oscars had me reflect upon and recommit to being very conscious that I define myself, not the world around me.


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