The 89th installment of the Oscars, also known as the Academy Awards was definitely one for the history books. If you missed it, I’m sure you’ve caught clips, and memes around the web as the event certainly had some memorable moments.
With the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite trending after last year’s show, this year certainly did better. With winners like Viola Davis, for Best Supporting Actress for her role and performance in the movie “Fences”. Her speech deserved an award of its own. The award makes her the first African-American to win an Oscar, an Emmy, and a Tony Award. The movie Moonlight, written by Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney, and starring Mahershala Ali, won a total of 3 Oscars, including Best Picture. And herein was the night’s biggest jaw-dropping moment.
Memorable Moment #1
The initial movie called out as the winner for Best Picture was La La Land, starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. However shortly after, causing complete confusion, it was announced that the true winner was actually Moonlight. This is after some thank you speeches mind you. At first, I and many others I’m sure thought it was some kind of joke. But when they actually showed the Best Picture card, it clearly said Moonlight. Barry Jenkins speech was touching, and understandably so, in that just when you thought it was over, it wasn’t.
Memorable Moment #2
Although Hidden Figures, which was nominated for 3 Oscars, didn’t win, a standing ovation was given to 98-year-old Katherine Johnson, the real-life NASA Hero. Taraji P Henderson, who portrays her in the movie, revealed on the red carpet that Ms. Johnson doesn’t see what all the “fuss” is about because to her she was simply doing her job. Such a worthy moment, and I’m glad Johnson was alive to experience it.
Memorable Moment #3
Then we had the Hollywood Tour Bus that made a surprise stop at the ceremony. An African-American engaged couple had the honor of being ‘pronounced husband and wife” by none other than Denzel Washington himself. Life truly is full of surprises!
Any mom would be proud to have their child be nominated for such a prestigious award, but the mom-ent that touched me was watching Dev Patel (leading actor in the movie Lion about an Indian boy who travels back to India from Australia and his adoptive parents, to find his biological family) and his mom on the red carpet. You could literally see the joy, overwhelm, excitement, enthusiasm, and pride in her eyes when looking at her son and the glitz and glamor that is the red carpet.
What I walked away knowing and feeling is that you never know when it’s your time to shine. You can be an innocent bystander and suddenly be taking selfies with Denzel. Or you might think that your chances are over and done, but a twist of fate says “I got you!” You may think that all your hard work will never be recognized but at 98 years old, a room full of Hollywood dignitaries, honor you. You just never know! Your time and MOM-ent may not be today, tomorrow, or next year. Keep putting your best foot forward, keep your faith and spirits up. And when your season comes, can’t nobody say nothing! Your work ethic and diligence, or stroke of “luck” will put you on your own stage so you in turn, can inspire others.