08 March 2010

Los Oscars: The Aftermath/Afterparty.

I'm disappointed Meryl didn't win, but Sandra Bullock's acceptance speech made me cry, so she is forgiven.  I was surprised The Hurt Locker won all that it did, but I haven't seen it, so I'm no judge.  The more I think about it, the more I'm happy Avatar didn't steal the show (only in the visual effects/ art direction/cinematography).  James Cameron had his moment with Titanic in 1997, and I'm not saying that it shouldn't happen again (him being "king of the world") but one single movie stealing the show is something that shouldn't happen again.  I loved the variety tonight (although my favorite varietal Oscars was 2008 when Diablo Cody won for Juno--her tattoos and badass aura were a great contrast to Helen Mirren's pure complexion).  I loved that Up walked away with, just as I predicted, an Oscar for Best Musical Score.  I loved the way the orchestra announced Streisand's upcoming appearance by playing an orchestral The Way We Were.  I loved Mo'Nique's acceptance speech (much, MUCH better than her Golden Globes acceptance speech).  

My favorite acceptance speech of the night, though, was Michael Giacchino's for winning the Best Musical Score for Up (and I didn't just love the speech because I loved the score and the movie and predicted this would win--I posted my favorite part of the score, below).  Unfortunately they didn't have a video for his acceptance speech online, but they did have a transcript, so I will share what part truly moved in me and through me and struck a resonant chord: "Never once in my life did my parents ever say, 'What you're doing is a waste of time.' Never. And I grew up, I had teachers, I had colleagues, I had people that I worked with all through my life who always told me what you're doing is not a waste of time. So that was normal to me that it was OK to do that. I know there are kids out there that don't have that support system so if you're out there and you're listening, listen to me: If you want to be creative, get out there and do it. It's not a waste of time. Do it. OK? Thank you." Support, and talent, are all it takes, right? But seriously dude, what an awesome speech.


So you may be wondering why I'm so obsessed with this, why I have Oscar favorites, why I share, why I recognize.  I know everyone has that dream of being there, amongst the Hollywood glitz and glam and royalty, and I share it too.  But it goes deeper than that.  I have 2 semesters left of undergrad, then I have a choice: a choice to attend a film academy and get my masters in Screenplay writing, to join the difficult and cut-throat world of SAG, a slim chance that maybe--maybe--I'll be one of them.  Or, I can get a masters in creative writing, be guaranteed a job (well, maybe not yet in this economy).  Or, I can move to a tropical place, a post for later.  What I'm trying to say is I have a thirst for being one of the writing riff-raffers (that's a technical term), and trying my hand at all this.  I understand them, I relate to them.  I want it so bad I can taste it.  I am "being creative", I'm "getting out there and doing it", like Giacchino said to do.

And I'm off to bed before I let this post, yet again, get too cheesy.
Namaste, y'all

1 comment :

  1. Why wouldn't you want to attend Film Academy and study Screenplay?

    "If you want to be creative, get out there and do it. It's not a waste of time. Do it. OK? "

    Listen to your heart, follow your dreams.

    Have no regrets


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