Sunday night’s Academy Awards ceremony took just mere moments to get political and turn its attention to President Donald Trump — but there were also some refreshing instances that felt fitting for a night meant to celebrate artistic achievement.
A handful of Academy Award winners used their acceptance speeches to highlight something that isn’t often at the center of topics that Hollywood likes to cover: family.
Accepting the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for “If Beale Street Could Talk,” actress Regina King (pictured above right) highlighted her mom, who was in the audience.
“Mom, I love you so much. Thank you for teaching me that God is always leaning, always has been leaning in my direction,” King said as she fought back tears and looked at her mom near the front of the assembled audience.
King also made sure to end her acceptance speech by highlighting God.
“God is good all the time,” she said before leaving the stage.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” editor John Ottman later took the stage to accept the Academy Award for Best Editing — and he thanked his parents for supporting his artistic leanings even early in life.
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Ottman said his Oscar would end up sitting above his parents’ fireplace as thanks.
“This goes to my parents on their fireplace mantle because they encouraged me to do whatever I wanted to do when I was a kid, whether it was writing music … or making films in their garage on Normington Way in San Jose, California,” said Ottman.
Accepting the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for “Green Book,” Mahershala Ali (above left) took the stage and made sure to turn the attention to his grandmother.
Ali dedicated his Oscar to his grandmother for “telling me that if at first I don’t succeed, try, try again. I can do anything I put my mind to,” he added.
Mahershala Ali dedicates his win to his grandmother, “telling me that if at first I don’t succeed, try, try again. I can do anything I put my mind to.” https://t.co/JMSVfr5VhY #oscars pic.twitter.com/LDOUrNuFZ7
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) February 25, 2019
It is a pleasure to see artists use their time on the Academy Awards stage to praise and give attention to those who have supported them with love — rather than making political points that insult a good portion of the show’s viewers and potential future moviegoers.
Amazing — something to praise for an awards ceremony that almost always threatens to collapse into itself from either boredom, self-importance, or pride.
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