Lessons from the ACADEMY AWARDS 2014

Hi Film Folk,

The Film Doctor Team say a fond farewell to another Awards season and, as always, we’ve gone and squeezed all of the productive and inspiring goodness out of it for you.

See the full list of winners here. Scroll down to read wise words from the winners!


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This year’s winners stressed the importance of collaboration, of a group effort, of doing things for love as well as money and to continually strive to better one’s self. Here are 5 nuggets from them:


1. One winner proved that a humble and thoughtful collaboration can show results, even if no money was paid to the collaborators:

“Thank you to the actors, who received no money.”

Anders Walter (Winner of Live Action Short – Helium) 


2. In a world where it often seems you have to be born into your dreams to achieve them, some hope was given by a certain Mexican-Kenyan born actress.

“No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.”

Lupita Nyong’o (Best Supporting Actress)


3. A certain big director accepted (along with a lot of awards) that although the vision was his, the work was performed by the brilliance of many.

“I’m not up here alone, I’m up here with all my friends and family. I appreciate everyone.”

Alfonso Cuarón (Best Director)


4. The gender-equality (rightly) resurfaced by one of the most outspoken creatives on the issue.

“Perhaps, those of us in the industry that are foolishly clinging to the idea that female films with women at the centre, are niche experiences will…well- they are not. Audiences want to see them and in fact, they earn money. The world is round people!” 

Cate Blanchett (Best Lead Actress)


5. And ‘King of Acting’  said a few words about how he got to where he is and he’ll never really be there:

“There are a few things, three things, that I need each day.

One of them is to look up to, one of them is to look forward to and the other is someone to chase. Now, first off, I wanna thank God ‘cos that’s who I look up to. He’s graced my life with opportunities that I know are not of my hand or any other human hand. He has shown me it’s a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates. In the words of the late Charles Laughton ‘when you got God, you got a friend and that friend is YOU’.

To my family, that’s who and what I look forward to. My mother taught us, in fact demanded, that we respect ourselves and what we in turn learned was we were better able to respect others. Thank you for that, Momma. To my wife and children – thank you for the strength and courage you give me every day as I walk out the door. You are the four people in my life that I want to make the most proud of me.

And to my hero – that’s who I chase. When I was 15 years old, I had a very important person in my life come to me and say to me ‘who’s your hero?’ and I said, ‘I don’t know let me think about that, give me a coupla weeks’. I come back 2 weeks later and the person comes back to me again and says ‘who’s your hero?’ and I said ‘I thought about it, you know who it is? It’s me in 10 years.’ So I turned 25, 10 years later. That same person comes to me and says ‘so are you a hero?’ and I say ‘Not even CLOSE!’ She says ‘why?’ and I say ‘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 10 years away. I’m never gonna be my hero. I’m not gonna attain that. I know I’m not. And that’s just fine with me because that keeps me somebody to keep on chasing. So to any of us, whatever those things are, whatever we look up to, whatever we look forward to and whoever it is we’re chasing, to that I say ‘all right, all right, all right’. To that I say ‘just keep living’.”

Matthew McConaughey (Best Lead Actor)

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