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Last night’s Oscars was, as always, a gala of epic proportions. In an attempt to make the show more appealing to a younger audience, presenters like Miley Cyrus, Taylor Lautner, and Kristen Stewart were brought in to “young up” the stage. But it was the generation of slightly older Hollywood stars that outshined the slew of slouchy young starlets. Mo’nique, who won "Best Supporting Actress," collected her Oscar with poise and purpose. She wore a royal blue gown and gardenia in her hair as a tribute to Hattie McDaniel, who wore the same in 1940, when she became the first African-American woman to win the Oscar. Mo’nique didn’t “ahem,” cough, or slouch through her speech; she stood proud and tall and spoke of hope and humility, two qualities I would like to instill in my own daughter.
"Best Actress" winner, Sandra Bullock, spent much of her acceptance speech admiring the other nominees. She was humble and witty, but still showed the depth of her sensitivity while describing the amazing woman she portrayed and the amazing mothers –her’s included- that give so much for those they love. A beautiful, inspired speech and no one even mentioned vampires. Could our daughters relate?
To top off the night, Kathryn Bigelow made history when she became the first woman to take home the coveted Oscar for “Best Director” and followed it up with a “Best Picture” statue, to boot. She seemed so exceedingly proud and grateful. But, what really caught my attention was how clearly uncomfortable she felt on stage. It was that realness and awkward grace that said, “Anything is possible.” What better message to convey to our little girls?
Don’t get me wrong, the slouchy starlets deserve a role in our daughters’ lives, but maybe we can turn them on to a few more inpirational stars.