What I Learned Watching the Oscars

Watching the Oscars this evening, it seemed to me that many winners had a platform they wanted to promote. And, despite the music that “plays off” the recipient, several refused to stop their speeches until they were done.

Another trend I noticed was almost a complete absence of winners in major categories giving a nod to those who were up for the same award. The few who did approach humility and acknowledge that they were one of several worthy contenders appeared quite sincere with their touching tribute to the others.

At the pinnacle of a career, the Oscars appear to be a reward for longevity and innovation – but only to an extent. If someone has been nominated multiple times, the Oscar voters award the “crown” and acknowledge that the actor, director or other film notable is worthy.

Mad Max was anointed with Oscars for the majority of the technical categories. However, winning the acting, directing and best picture awards eluded the film.

Which reminds me of one year where a film handily received a heady number of acting and other honors, but the director did not win in his category. How could this be? After all, the director is the one who makes the film the finished product. They are like an orchestra conductor, making certain that the various parts are put together harmoniously. So, it hardly seems possible that the director would not receive an award, too, if the overall result of the film is acclamation.

Quirky things, the Oscars.

Now, apply this to real life. Succeed on your own terms. Achieve, fiercely working against the odds to complete the task, the project, the commitment. Only then, whether or not you have an Oscar, will you believe you’ve really succeeded.

After all, success is a matter of determination, talent and, sometimes, being in the right place (or the left place – I’m a lefty) at the correct time.

For many people, there’s another chance, another opportunity to achieve what they’ve sought. Look for that chance, that opportunity.

And, make the commitment to follow through. As a writer, the catchphrase in my group is: You can’t edit what’s not on the page. So, get those words down, or that task completed, or the promise fulfilled. At the end of the day, looking in the mirror will be so much easier.

Invent your own version of the Oscars. You can win.

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