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This year’s Oscars may go down as one of the most boring shows in history, but it may have been record-setting in another, much more positive way as far as I’m concerned.
On Oscar night, I tweeted, “The power of moms on display tonight.” It was right after British filmmaker Tom Hooper took home the coveted best director prize for The King’s Speech, and made this mom -- and I’m sure moms around the country -- jump up and applaud. Hooper told the story about how it was his mother who had seen a play of The King’s Speech in London and immediately thought of her son. "She said, 'Tom, I think I've found your next film,” Hooper told the Hollywood audience and the millions watching from home. “And the moral of the story is: Listen to your mother.” Our takeaway: If you listen to your mom, you just might win an Oscar!
But that wasn’t the only public recognition of the power of moms that night. There was Anne Hathaway introducing her adorable mother, who joked to her daughter, “Honey, stand up straight. Mr. Steven Spielberg’s here.” Hathaway’s co-host James Franco also saluted his mom and grandmother, who cracked up the crowd when she said she had just seen Marky Mark aka Mark Wahlberg. We saw Russell Brand escorting his mom to the show and Jeremy Renner, too. And then there was Luke Matheny, the Oscar winner for his live action short, God of Love, who thanked his mom for taking care of the food for his cast and crew. How great is that?
But it seems Hollywood saluting motherhood isn’t for everyone. When Natalie Portman, best actress winner for her role in Black Swan and a mom-to-be, thanked her fiancé, she said she was now preparing for "her most important role" -- the role of motherhood. Apparently, that comment led to a wave of outrage in the blogosphere from women -- and presumably men -- who believe Portman’s comment was old-fashioned and feminist-backwards. Oh, how I disagree. By saying she was preparing for her most important role, Portman was just acknowledging that something even bigger than her might be beginning.
Moms play such an important role and saluting them doesn’t mean we're reducing women’s contributions to just producing babies. It means we're recognizing their power. The more society understands that and take steps to support moms, the better off we’ll be.
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