For the first time in forever, I was actually touched by some of the acceptance speeches at the Oscars last night. From Leto to Blanchett, there was inspiration and a sense of sincerity in their words. Here are some of my favorites.
When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.
To all the dreamers out there around the world watching this tonight in places like Ukraine and Venezuela, I want to say we are here and as you struggle to make your dreams happen, to live the impossible, we’re thinking of you tonight… And this is for the 36 million people who have lost the battle to AIDS and to those of you out there who have ever felt injustice because of who you are or who you love, tonight I stand here in front of the world with you and for you.
To the audiences who went to see the film and perhaps those of us in the industry who are still foolishly clinging to the idea that female films, with women at the center, are niche experiences, they are not. Audiences want to see them and, in fact, they earn money.
It’s important that we understand our history so we can understand who we were and who we are now and most importantly who we’re going to be… We hope that this film remains a gentle reminder that we’re all equal. We all want the same: Dignity and opportunity.
Everyone deserves not just to survive, but to live. This is the most important legacy of Solomon Northup. This is for all the people who have endured slavery, and the 21 million people who still endure slavery today.