Oscars on social media better than the show; one standout speech

Renee Zellweger Berlin International Film Fest. 2010
Actress Renée Zellweger, member of the international jury, arriving at the opening of the 60th Berlin International Film Festival (Feb. 2010). Photo credit Seibbi via Wikipedia.

Did you watch the Academy Awards on Sunday? I didn’t. I never watch the celeb class TV galas. You don’t have to watch it live, you know.

Social media, especially the censor-heavy site Twitter, flames with commentary before, during, and after the Oscars. The biggest takeaway from most of these entertainment class shows is political rhetoric. Amid stars like Brad Pitt emoting about impeachment and others like Joaquin Phoenix milk-shaming (I kid you not), and one somebody quoting a “revolutionary” whose movement caused millions and millions to die, one speech stands out for me.

It came from an actress I’ve watched in many films.

Renee Zellweger accepted her award for best Actress in a Leading Role, and she chose not to deliver a sermon to Americans outside her social class. Here’s an excerpt from Zellweger’s remarks:

“[T]he best among us who inspire us to find the best in ourselves. They unite us. When we look to our heroes, we agree, and that matters. Neil Armstrong, Sally Ride, Dolores Huerta, Venus and Serena and Selena, Bob Dylan, Scorsese, Fred Rogers, Harriet Tubman. We agree on our teachers, and we agree on our courageous men and women in uniform who serve. We agree on our first responders and firefighters. When we celebrate our heroes, we’re reminded of who we are as one people united.”

Now that’s pretty inspiring to me. Instead of railing at us for drinking milk or for not buying into politics as usual in the cesspool that is Washington, DC, Zellweger spoke from the heart and chose a positive message.

You’d think she’d get universal applause. She didn’t. Some Twits posted really nasty commentary, and many of them appeared to have no idea who Judy Garland was. Gives an idea about the short life of fame, right?

You can almost literally relive the Oscars by going to Twitter and doing a search for your favorite phrases or actors.

You can also read speeches and see photos at the Academy’s official website.

One glaring omission from the ‘In Memoriam’ segment was Luke Perry who passed away this year after a stroke. Perry had a role in one of the films with many nominations. Perry was, in my opinion, a fine actor. Fans had plenty to say about the Academy ignoring Perry’s passing.

One conclusion I’ve come to about the celeb class relates to our social systems here in America. While many politicians choose to court people based purely on skin color or ethnicity, one Hollywood awards show is enough to illustrate that what really exists here, as in so many other countries, is classism, and the celeb class seems to be oblivious to it.

Anytime you miss one of these awards shows, all you have to do is head to the Web. You’ll find more content after the show than you did during the show.

Hat tip to Ms. Zellweger, and may Luke Perry rest in peace.

(Kay B. Day/Feb. 10, 2020)

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