In an international, star-studded event, tonight’s Oscars captured not only a billion viewers but it conveyed a strong message of environmentalism and world cohesion. One of the films was described as “a time-bending rumination on today’s global village”, but that could have described many of the movies highlighted by the awards tonight.
Several Aussies, Mexicans, Spaniards, Italians, French, Taiwanese, Japanese and British actors, writers and filmmakers presented awards and received nominations and Oscars. Included in the winners was Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” for “Best Documentary Feature”. As expected, it received a well-earned standing ovation. On oscar.com, you can read recommendations on how to go green. On top of that, during the show, some simple steps were listed as Melissa Etheridge sang a song, “I Need to Wake Up” from the film.
Each year of the past decade, it seems that one issue has been central at the Oscars. One year was the year of black award winners; another focused on gay rights, and this year’s took a global perspective. Every year from the Golden Globes to the Oscars, I want to see all of the films nominated. I wish I had time to do so. This year, for starters, I really want to see “Babel”. Having traveled much of the world, I feel a strong association with its message about how similar we all really are. Also central to tonight’s Oscars was a stronger emphasis on all of the nominees. But the real winners are all of us if we can take home the message of how to stop global warming – being green will make us much a much richer planet than any gold ever could.