I have a confession to make. I live in Los Angeles County, about 20 minutes from Hollywood and I usually don't watch the Oscars (a sin out here on the Left Coast).
I acted years ago and love watching films. But generally the glitz and glamour, the expensive gowns and extra attention given the stars (as if they need more), I basically got tired of.This year I saw a movie that changed my mind about watching Mr. Oscar. I saw the film "Amour."
A French movie about a woman who is slowly wasting away from Alzheimer's disease. The performance by Emmanuelle Riva was so superb, I had to watch last night to see if she would win the Academy Award for Best Actress (as she should have but didn't).
It was also her 84th birthday last night. So although her losing didn't surprise me - as Oscars are a lot more about PR than talent much of the time, what did surprise me (besides Barbara Streisand singing!) - was our First Lady Michelle Obama (with the help of Jack Nicholson), introducing the best film of the year.
I thought to myself, "Great, I can hear those on the right now saying, 'see, told you Hollywood's in bed with the White House!'" But then I thought, "They're wrong."
Ok, Hollywood checks have pretty much gone to Democrats since Adam and Eve. But the first lady isn't running for office, her husband already won re-election, and isn't film part of America? Part of our culture?
America invented Hollywood, and has given our nation and the world an opportunity to laugh during tough times, to remember with a reflective or historical film, and to escape the stressful world most of us live in day-to-day. Last night's theme for the Oscars was old Hollywood glitz and glamour, and having the first lady as a presenter, was the "right" choice; she's a glamorous woman and a class act.
Radio host Leslie Marshall is host of the nationally syndicated The Leslie Marshall Show. She is also a Fox News Contributor. Follower her on Twitter at @LeslieMarshall.
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