The Day After The Oscars

Here we are, the day after the Oscars. Awards have been given out. Lives have been changed. Media channels issue recaps: about fashion, the stars, the winners and their speeches. Hollywood itself wakes up, ready to start a new movie-making year.

I always have enjoyed the Oscars. It is a celebration of storytelling, plain and simple. As Cheryl Boone Issacs (President of the Academy) stated:

“At the Oscars, we celebrate our love of movies, and in doing so, we honor filmmakers who cross borders and test boundaries, … [those] who encourage us to see the world and those around us in new ways”

She went on to talk about how the Freedom of Storytelling is important. She praised the filmmakers who traverse the globe, into danger, to tell stories that change the world.

And, really, isn’t that the point of storytelling? To inspire, to push?

That’s what I was trying to get across in my most recent YouTube video. The Oscars tend to celebrate the movies that make the most waves. The ones that push boundaries. Whether it be Big Hero 6 — an animated movie about a boy who inadvertently avenges his brother’s death — or Boyhood — a movie filmed over several years to chronicle the growth of a child to a man. They all push the way storytelling is presented.

And each storyteller has their personal lives, the ones that push them to do greater things.

One of the most inspiring moments of the night was when Graham Moore won Best Adapted Screenplay for The Imitation Game. His speech was simple, yet important:

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I immediately followed him on Twitter, inspired myself.

However, what I was really, really looking forward to was Neil Patrick Harris’s hosting. It had been a long time coming. NPH has hosted two Emmy’s and a Tony’s but no Oscars. That changed last night. Ellen Degeneres’s 86th Oscars were quirky, comedic, and integrating. However, NPH’s Oscars were… more fluid. He didn’t dwell on different gimmicks. Instead, he followed, with ease, the format that the Academy Awards follow: presenting the awards. He added very good jokes, and a magic trick at the end, but didn’t linger in his hosting duties. Which I think was very good.

It seems in recent years that the hosts of the Academy Awards (minus Ellen, because she did a FANTASTIC job) seem to linger on their duties as Emcees. With the awards show already so long, it draws out the duration of the event and makes everyone wish it was over that much sooner.

However, Neil did what he was supposed to do: he put the audience at ease, making the awards show move quickly but efficiently.

My favorite part was his opening number, “Moving Pictures”.

Oscars 2014, My Favorite Speech: Matthew McConaughy

Watching The Oscars tonight, I thought this was one of the best speeches. And THAT is saying something, considering there were so many great speeches: the most notable being Jared Leto and Lupita Nyong’o.

My favorite part of Matthew McConaughy’s speech goes as follows:

“… and to, uhm, my hero. That’s who I chase. Now when I was fifteen years old, I had a very important person in my life come and say to me ‘Who’s your hero?’ and I said ‘I dunno, I got to think about that, give me a couple of weeks.’ I come back two weeks later, this person comes up and says ‘Who’s your hero?’ I said ‘I thought about it. You know who it is? It’s me in ten years.’ So I turn 25, ten years later, that same person comes to me and goes ‘So are you a hero?’ and I was like ‘Not even close! No, no, no!’ and she said ‘Why?’ and I said ‘Because my hero’s me at 35.’

“So you see every day, every week, every month, and every year of my life, my hero’s always ten years away. I’m never gonna beat my hero. I’m not gonna attain that. I know I’m not! And that’s just fine with me because that keeps me with somebody to keep on chasing.

“So to any of us, whatever those things are, whatever it is we look up to, whatever it is we look forward to, and whoever it is we’re chasing, to that I say ‘Amen’, to that I say ‘Alright, alright, alright’ and to that I say ‘Just keep on living.'”

This speech spoke volumes to me. Before the week is over I will have reached my mid-20s, with a lot of accomplishments under my belt. Just not nationally. I am proud of these accomplishments, without a doubt. And every day I make it a point to challenge myself. As Matthew had said in tonight’s Oscars broadcast, I’m chasing my future self.

Or, rather, I’m excited for what the future brings.

For those of you who may not know me, I am an aspiring writer living in Northeast Ohio, about an hour south of Cleveland, and two hours north of Columbus. I live in the heart of Amish Country, just outside of the City of Wooster. I guess you can call me a professional writer since I used to work at our local weekly newspaper. It was a fun job and I got to stretch myself, meet new people, and grow my writing skills. But at some point I wanted to move away from that job, before I had been at it for a year, to work on the novel that I’m working on now. Which is nearing completion.

I made this blog to promote myself, my creativity, my randomness, my fangirling, and, most importantly, to meet new people. I hope that this will grow into something that everyone will love. Thank you for checking my blog out.

Honestly I didn’t really think that this would be the first post, but through a computing error I decided to leave it. It kind of fits perfectly.

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