I am not a big fan of the Oscars although I am a devoted film aficionado and had seen most of the pictures nominated for awards this year. I admit I didn’t watch the entire Hollywood extravaganza but here are four things I loved about the event.
- Actress Natalie Portman wore a cape on the red carpet embroidered with the names of the worthy women who were not nominated for best director including Lulu Wang who directed “The Farewell,” and Greta Gerwig who directed “Little Women.” I loved both of those films. You can see a photo of Natalie’s cape with the embroidered names here.
- The film Hair Love won for best animated short. It is a heartwarming story that illustrates what is best about families. You can watch it here.
- Maori screenwriter Taika Waititi gave a land acknowledgement when he accepted his Oscar for the film Jo Jo Rabbit recognizing the Tongva, Tataviam and Chumash people on whose ancestral land the Academy Awards were taking place. This is something we hear at almost every public event in Canada but isn’t nearly as common in the United States. Perhaps Taika’s statement in such a public forum will change that. 4. Parasite a film that warns us about the dangers of a great divide between the rich and the poor was the best picture. If only we would take the film’s message to heart and strive for a more equal distribution of wealth throughout the world.