The annual Academy Awards is a yearly celebration of the motion picture arts you do not want to miss. The red carpet, the beautiful gowns, who is wearing what, who came with whom, what are pregnant Chrissy Teigen and Emily Blunt wearing and some other more serious matters.
This year’s ceremony was even more exciting than usual:
- With the issue of diversity surrounding it;
- For the fact that despite the controversy Chris Rock was hosting the ceremony;
- Leonardo DiCaprio was YET AGAIN nominated for best actor.
It was exciting and full of surprises! And you know me.I am always looking for new things to learn. I mean if I am going to waste 4 hours of my life in front of a show I might as well learn something from it.
So here are 5 Lessons You Can Learn From the Oscars this year.
1-Kick the elephant out of the room
We were all aware of the controversy around this year’s ceremony. If not a little back story. The Oscar nominations completely overlooked actors of color in all major categories. It sparked one of the biggest controversy and, lead to widespread outrage and a celeb-led boycott.
An African American celeb-led boycott of a ceremony hosted by …drumroll please Chris Rock.No need to say that the atmosphere was pretty tense. And He handled it marvellously!
He kicked that elephant out of the room on the get go, addressing the issue like only him can do in a monologue that got me laughing from beginning to end.
Find the unofficial transcript here.
You wanna boycott something? Don’t go see the movies that don’t have your representation
Whenever you find yourself in a situation like this one it is best to address the issue than just try to ignore the big pink elephant sitting in the room.Ignoring your issue won’t make it go away.
2-….Negativity won’t get you anywhere
Yes you do have to address the issue but you must know how.
Chris Rock did it just right. I mean the problem here was race or so they say and for a person of color it is hard to not take it personally. Especially in the USA where the issue of race is a highly sensitive one.But He didn’t make it personal or deliver a negative, hateful speech.There were some awkward moments no doubt about that but no negativity whatsoever.
In a case like this one keep in mind that the problem is not you. Remove the Me out of the equation and notice how you will see things differently and act accordingly.
3- ….But humor will
It had everything:
A little bit of history;
Say ‘62 or ‘63, and black people did not protest.
A reference to police brutality;
This year, in the In Memoriam package, it’s just going to be black people that were shot by the cops on their way to the movies.
A zest on gender equality;
Sparkled with Panties and porn stars jokes;
and coated with dry, sarcastic humor.
And the best part is that this monologue and him hosting the show was a lot more impactful than if he had boycotted it. Why? because it sent a message, a powerful one.
It is not what you say it is how you say it.Tailor your message to your audience.You stay true to yourself and still get your point across.
Laughter is the best medicine. And just like Activia, humor makes (almost ) everything easier to digest.
Bring out your inner Betty White.
5-Hard work always pays
One of the best moment of the Oscars Leonardo DiCaprio was finally “king of the world” after winning Best Actor for “The revenant” . This was a long time coming! I feel in love with Leo in Titanic and have been a big fan since then. He is a great actor and never fails to deliver. That was a well deserved recognition.
Do what you love and love what you do.Give your best in everything you do and you shall be rewarded. Just keep going.
Now the fun part!
5- Leverage your assets
Why let your kids spend hours outside (especially in the wintertime in Canada) trying to sell cookies or even lemonade when you can just invite then to your office Christmas party or golf tournament? They will have more sales and faster. Just saying!
I can’t end this without mentioning the beautiful performance Lady Gaga gave. It touched the heart of so many around the world. She reminded us that when you have such a big platform as an artist and you are given the opportunity to reach the lives of so many, use it for good. As an influencer and a leader you have the ability to change things; to help others; to shine a light on issues why no use it.
Your turn my friend what is your take on this year’s Oscar ceremony? Leave me a comment or say hello on social media.