I simply adore award shows and last night’s Academy Awards did not disappoint! I had a fun time wearing my sequins, sipping champagne and Hurricane’s while playing Red Carpet bingo and judging all of the stars fashion and speeches.
I think we can all agree that the beautiful Lupita Nyong’o ruled the Oscars not only with her grace and beauty but also with her true humility. Let us first get the superficial part of of the way as we admire her beautiful presence on the red carpet! True beauty!
More importantly, Lupita Nyong’o’s win and speech were both inspiring. Her words were carefully chosen and spoken with an eloquent grace and humble gratitude that is often forgotten during this ego driven and celebrity obsessed love fest.
Before thanking anyone else, Lupita gracefully acknowledged:
“It doesn’t escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is thanks to so much pain in someone else’s,”
She recognizes and sheds light on the fact that if it were not for Patsey’s pain, her character from 12 Years a Slave, she would not be here today. She does go on and mention her Hollywood colleagues, but prefaces that giving all attention to the oppressed heroes of her story – reminding us that Solomon and Patsey are the true heroes that should be recognized. Their story is the one that counts – Lupita’s acting was simply the method for telling American History.
Yale educated Lupita ended her eloquent speech with,
“When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you’re from your dreams are valid.”
So beyond all of the fashion and the jokes and the celebrity camaraderie and Ellen’s attempt to humanize celebrities with selfies and pizza, the Oscar’s reminded us of the power that Hollywood holds to tell important stories. Stories that shed light on humanity, history, and the role we as humans play in examining the past and shifting the future.