There was a common thread to this year’s Oscars – many of the speeches paid tribute to the REAL characters they played. This is one of the reasons I tune into these Award Ceremonies because the drama they represent is the real life of other people.
Leto, whose performance was a revelation in Dallas Buyer’s Club, said: ‘And this is for the 36 million people who have lost the battle to Aids and to those of you out there who have ever felt injustice because of who you are or who you love, tonight I stand here in front of the world with you and for you.’
The sadness of Leto’s character is that his character is most moved in the film when other people show him some humanity – and when those once against you become your closest supporters and recognise that you are not so different from them:
Twelve Years A Slave paid tribute to those on whom the story was based. McQueen reiterated his words from the BAFTA’s (see previous post)
and Lupita Nyong’o reminded the audience that her character was as real as she is: ‘It doesn’t escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is thanks to so much pain in someone else’s, and so I want to salute the spirit of Patsey, for her guidance.’
There is no other forum other than that of film and theatre which shows us so well the injustices of life. Yes these awards are also the glamorous side of acting that many of us won’t relate to but at their heart they showcase not only talent, but humankind, in its greatness but also its great injustice of the past, and in many cases, still today.