Cultural mobility was all over the 2015 Oscars, with more than 100 countries in 24 time zones watching around the globe. Cheryl Boone Issacs, President Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), known for its annual Academy Awards (Oscars), said we are all “bound together by our fascination for cinema” – little did she know our global culture helps drive that bond.
When Oscar nominations were announced earlier this year, there was a lot of buzz about the fact that no notable films or people of color (Save John Legend and Common for the song “Glory“) made Oscar’s “it” list this year. Even host Neil Patrick Harris opened the show with: Tonight, we honor Hollywood’s “best and whitest.”
One exception is Oprah Winfrey’s Martin Luther King Jr. movie “Selma.” Though snubbed for best picture, Culturs favorite John Legend attended festivities with his culturally mobile wife and model Chrissy Tiegen. Legend penned the song “Glory,”with rapper Common, for “Selma,” and lucky for us, it took the Oscar home for “Best Song” at this year’s Oscars. Legend and Common’s speeches wrought many a tear, including the film’s TCK lead actor David Oyelowo , whose face was streaming with them during the song (along with Star Trek actor Chris Pine).
TCK stunner Mexican-Kenyan Lupita Nyong’o had the honor of being the first presenter shown in prime time. Her elegant accent and in a pearl encrusted dress she called “absolutely comfortable,” screamed sophistication. Loved the twists in her hair. She always seems to be able to switch it up even with extremely short tresses. On the red carpet, they called Lady Gaga‘s dress “best of the night,” but I think they missed it on this one. Not many can hold a candle to Nyong’o. (Even if she didn’t wear rubber gloves).
Scandal fans! Who can believe our own Bronx-New York-born Kerry Washington is culturally Mobile! Having said her mother is of mixed-race background from Jamaica, (part English, Scottish, Native American, and African slaves in the Caribbean). Through her mum, Washington also is related to culturally mobile former U.S. secretary of state Colin Powell.
American Sniper also has links to the Culturs community as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is no stranger to many TCKs, Military BRATS and their families.
While presenting the winning “Foriegn Language film,” IDA – TCK British Actor Chiwitel Ejiofor said “Every time we turn on the television, we’re reminded what separates us: Borders Cultures, Religions, Race,” as he and TCK Austrailian Nicole Kidman reminded us the movies are about humanity.
Culturally mobile British artist Rita Ora, Sang “I’m grateful for the storm” from the movie “Beyond the lights, ” which stars culturally mobile British actress Gugu Mbatha-raw. TCKs Zoe Saldana and Dwayne Johnson presented best animated film, while culturally mobile Brit actor Idris Elba presented as well.
Which brings me to Oprah Winfrey (that HAIR! #swooning. Curly girls unite!) giving the award “Best Adapted Screenplay,” for Imitation Game. Whose writer Graham Moore gave a WONDERFUL message about suicide, urging those going through turbulent times to “Stay weird. Stay different.” Excellent advice for TCKs!
And who could forget Lady Gaga’s (amazingly glorious) tribute to Julie Andrews and one of our all time favorite movies “The Sound of Music,” whose Von Trapp family is one of the world’s original TCKs. Andrews has still got it, and struck a formidable pose next to her likeness from five decades prior! (Gaga, however, could’ve covered the tatoos though. They were distracting with the fairy-tale princess hair and gown.)
The last two awards of the night were taken by TCK Military BRAT and American Actress Julianne Moore, (who won Best Actress for “Still Alice“) who ended her acceptance speech with “Thank you to my dad for showing me the world.” Moore’s dad (Peter Moore Smith) was a paratrooper, later colonel then judge for the United States Army.
And Best Picture for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), won by Mexican Director Alejandro González Iñárritu, who said in his acceptance speech: “…and the ones [Mexicans] who live here, I hope they can have the respect like the ones who came before and built this incredible immigrant nation.”