Where were you when....
I've been filling out forms/ creating online accounts lately, and now for the security questions there is the option to chose "Where were you when....?" and the options were for JFK's assassination or 9/11. Well for that particular form, I was helping my Dad, as suffice to say the first one was not applicable, but I did find it interesting that the second one was now on there.
Anyways, the Oscars are on Sunday which got me thinking about the question "Where were you when they read the Oscar for Best Picture?"
I was right here (look up) on a ladder painting the trim in the dining room. I remember Warren Beatty opening the envelope and looking at it quizically for what seemed like a rather long time, when Faye Dunaway grabbed it and yelled "La La Land." Everybody from La La Land came up and then in between me re dipping my paintbrush I remember the nice looking, clean hipster in a suit director/producer saying "Moonlight you won." and I was like, oh that's a nice way to acknowledge another film. And then he said "This isn't a joke. Moonlight won. There's been a mistake." And then poor Warren Beatty (who had been handed the wrong envelope and knew it, but it was live television and before he could do anything Fay Dunaway had grabbed it) also took the mike and said there had been a mistake, Moonlight had actually won Best Picture. And poor Jimmy Kimmel also had to chime in on "the mistake." Somehow, Warren Beatty had been handed the best actor envelope or something and it said on it La La Land, but Beatty knew it was wrong, because underneath was an actor's name and not the name of the Film's producers.
What ensued was something that looked very like a painting of the first Thanksgiving to me. The cast of La La Land remained onstage while the entire cast of Moonlight came up, and the white people of La La handed the black people of Moonlight the Oscar.
It was really kind of beautiful. I found it very symbolic. It was nice, like finally a bunch of white people are handing back to black people what's rightfully theirs. It was really nice to see both sets of people from both movies, happy and on stage, celebrating together. The racial undertone was so clear, but at the same time, it all worked out. It all worked out for once. In a nice way. Like one of those first Thanksgiving paintings. But this time it was real.