The Oscars made me cry.

Is that what they’re called? Or was it the Grammy’s? I’ll Google that for another time, but I found myself just stopping by this show last night really quick when something I’d decided was very fickle became a sincere moment to make me cry. I’m a lover of a good outfit, and planned to scope out all the best looks of the night on my lunch hour, but I never really cared to watch people wearing billion dollar jewelry to say thank you for noticing my acting. And trust me, I love theater of all kinds and appreciate good acting. But when an event costs as much as is required to provide everyone worldwide with the basics for an entire year, my blood gets bothered. I do sincerely appreciate the telling of a good story, so please don’t judge my lackluster care to watch this beloved awards show. Or any extravagant awards show or sports game, for that matter.

I haven’t seen this film yet, but the trailers enough to make me emotional. It’s called 12 Years a Slave and of course if you know anything about the Grammy’s Oscars, than you’d be well aware this film was receiving some pretty mighty attention. At a very basic level, it’s the true story of a once-free man’s triumph from being kidnapped and sold into slavery with a stubborn will to never give up hope for his freedom. I’ll be sure to watch with a box of Kleenex soon. But Steve, the director of the film, said something that made me just well right up, and I hope we honor our life and the work we’re committed to in hopes of making some semblance of a difference in this world. Sure he didn’t abolish slavery accepting his award last night, but he didn’t allow his work to be acknowledged in vain either. Steve took a man’s triumphant story and made it so beautiful the world watched and applauded, leaving inspired. I wonder, couldn’t we all do the same? Today I hope you contend with the hopes of a legacy for yourself. And if you can, continue to bring to light the life of those who have triumphed. It’ll change a life, and perhaps even a world.

“…The last word: everyone deserves not just to survive, but to live. This is the most important legacy of Solomon Northup. I dedicate this award to all the people who have endured slavery. And the 21 million people who still suffer slavery today. Thank you very much. Thank You.” Mr. Steve McQueen, Oscars 2014 Acceptance Speech

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