LESSONS FROM THE ACADEMY AWARDS 2015

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!

 

The 87th Academy Awards® will air live on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013.

 

This year’s winners stressed the importance of fighting for one’s self, one’s dreams and for others. Here are 4 nuggets from them:

 

1. The wonderful winner of Best Supporting Actor said some inspiring words to all creatives thinking of giving up

“I almost got back on the bus a handful of times and if I had had any reasonable options, I probably would have. I read a very romantic book when I was young, when I was in college, Rilke’s “Letters to a Young Poet.” And I’ve always felt that if you are in any kind of an artistic, creative endeavor and you feel there’s something else you can do for a living and be happy, I think you should do something else because you’re much more likely to find comfort and and happiness. If you can look deeply in yourself and say there is nothing else that can bring you satisfaction. That’s your answer.” 

J.K. SIMMONS (Whiplash)
 
 

 

2. The screenwriting winner of Best Adapted Screenplay stressed the importance of self acceptance and using your differences to WIN at life:

“At 16 years old, I tried to commit suicide because I thought I was different. I would like for this moment to be for that kid out there that feels like she’s weird or she doesn’t fit in anywhere — yes, you do. I promise you do. You do. Stay weird. Stay different and when it’s your turn and you are standing on this stage, please pass the same message to the next person who comes along.”

GRAHAM MOORE (The Imitation Game)
 
 

 

3. The winner of Best Supporting Actress rightly brought up the issue of gender inequality (as Cate Blanchett had before):

“It is time for us. It is time for women. …The truth is even though we sort of feel like there is, there are huge issues that are at play and really do affect women. It’s time for all the women in America, and the men who love women and all the gay people and people of color we’ve all fought for to fight for us now.”

PATRICIA ARQUETTE (Boyhood)
 
 

 

4. And finally, the winner of Best Picture reminded us of how subjective awards are in the first place:

“Ego loves competition, because for someone to win, someone has to lose. But the paradox is that true art can’t be compared, can’t be labelled, can’t be defeated. My work and the work of my fellow nominees will be judged only by time.

ALEJANDRO G. INNARITU (Birdman)
 
 

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