Monday, February 27, 2012
Oscars inspire awe, predictions, debate

While there were many memorable moments during last night’s Academy Awards ceremony, some iReporters had their own memorable moments before the show even began.

After years of applying, Julie Ellerton was finally granted the opportunity to cover the preparations for the awards, which took place all last week.

“I found it to be an extraordinary experience to cover an event with journalists from around the world,” she said. “I met journalists from Germany, France, Spain, all preparing to interview the celebrities on the red carpet.”

We also received plenty of picks and predictions in the lead up to the awards. A poetic prediction which included all of the Best Picture nominees, from San Diego’s Chris Soriano, really caught the eye of “Showbiz Tonight’s” producers:

“The Artist” would go on to win Best Picture, dashing Soriano’s forecast, but his wasn’t the only prediction to falter. Melissa Fazli told us that the only one she picked correctly was Best Director winner, Michel Hazanavicius. This hasn’t put a dent on her spirits, however. In fact, she already has predictions for next year.

It would not be an Oscars without some measure of controversy. After the awards, Omekongo Dibinga got to thinking about what he perceives as a lack of recognition for black actors in Hollywood: “You can't even find black women in leading roles. If it wasn't for Tyler Perry you wouldn't see many black women on the big screen. It's sad.”

Share your view on the winners, the losers, and the state of Hollywood in general in our “Showbiz Tonight” assignment.

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Lillian Hellman was similarly slammed for writing a ” Memoir”… aka Julia which modeled heroism to young women whose only other role models were wives and mothers. Mark Twain refers to the fiction writer's gift as "Stretchers," the prerogative of the creative writer. Similarly the author of the novel, The Education of Little Tree, was criticized because his story just wasn’t true. No Sir it wasn’t. It was fiction, a novel. We are criticizing a creative work like fundamentalists who insist on reading the literal rather than poetic truth, metaphor. Mike Daisey wrote and presented a brilliant theater piece..a monologue and is entitled to say whatever he says and we the audience must remember he is not journalist but a dramatic monologist. Those who want us to lose sight of the message provide an ad hominem attack and we must remember this as a logical fallacy and a subversion of art. Let's rather remain awake and aware and not be lulled into the torpor of somnambulism by which all we know and value will be lost. Of course we are left with the solace of shopping. Vive Daisey!


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