Were you up watching the Academy Awards in the wee hours of the morning too? Did you see the biggest faux pas of the Academy years? For those of you who still haven’t watched it or do not care for it, here’s a gist of what happened.
The winner of the last award, i.e. the Best Picture award, was declared to be ‘La La Land’ by Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. Only after several minutes of acceptance speeches and surprised exultation from the cast and crew, did someone realise that the Envelope actually said ‘Moonlight’ as the real winner of the Best Picture Award!
Da da da daaaah…
Can you imagine what the cast and crew, the show’s organizers, and that poor bloke who made the mistake must have gone through? When it was all unfolding before our eyes on the screen, all I could feel was sympathy for that man/woman who made the mistake. He/she must be going through hell thinking, ‘My careers’s over’ or ‘I’m gonna be decapitated’.
But yesterday’s Academy Awards Ceremony taught us 3 valuable lessons –
A. Hard work pays off
But of course! It’s the hard work of all the actors, directors, other members of the crew who make a film successful and that’s what the Academy tries to celebrate – Hardwork and Excellence in film making.
B. It’s okay to make faux pas
Yes, you had been working hard for a million years to get everything right. Yes, it was bloody unfortunate. Yes, they may hate you for the rest of your life, but hey, that’s what life’s about…. Making mistakes and learning from them. Perfection is a mythical thing. Real life is riddled with mistakes. No one died, life went on. So get over it!
C. It’s just an Award Show
The biggest lesson from the night came from host Jimmy Kimmel himself, who attempted to put things into perspective after the mistake had been discovered. ‘Let’s remember, it’s just an awards show’… Damn right! No words needed to explain this one. Kimmel, you said it all.
What was your favorite Academy Awards moment? Share your views with me in the comments sections below. Would love to hear from you.
©Pradita Kapahi, 2017
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