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Andy Warhol predicted  15 minutes of fame for all.There is more to learn from the Oscars than fashion tips for those who are willing. In many ways we live Andy Warhol’s prediction or curse of 15 minutes of fame. The Oscars and other public events show us the best and worse of public behavior. Observing how others behave is an opportunity to think about showing our “better” selves in the spotlight.


I couldn’t help but notice during this Oscar ceremony the contrast between two first-time winners.  On receiving the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, a star of Precious, Mo’Nique, thanked the Academy “for showing that it can be about the performance and not the politics.” It was not her most gracious moment. She won over four other very talented actresses whose performances were arguably as good if not better than hers. The implications were ridiculous, and I can only hope unintentional.


Another speech was made a young man who won a technical award. He talked about how his parents encouraged him. How they never told him he was wasting his time as he worked on his projects with their old movie camera. He ended by telling young people who might not have had that same kind of encouragement to never give up — that they were not wasting their time. How generous to use his moment in the sun to uplift others.


Darlings, I will never get an Oscar. Most you won’t either. But you will have your moments in the sun and on the stage. You can use them to uplift others and shine all the brighter for it.

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Gracey Hitchcock


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