History was made at the Oscars last night with a more diverse set of winners than ever before, including people of color, deaf performers, women, and LGBTQ artists.
And yes, a comedian was slapped by a husband for a cheap, dated joke about his wife.
Last night’s diversity is progressive and should be celebrated. Each moment deserves to be replayed and cheered as helping us fulfill the Idea of America – the concept that anyone can come here and do the hard work to make dreams reality.
The slap will, sadly, take on a life of its own.
But there is another Oscars story that doesn’t seem to be getting the coverage it deserves. This is a tale of the winner of the most categories of the night – Dune, which took home gold for six of the nine nominations it received.
The sci-fi reboot won Oscars for Visual Effects, Cinematography, Editing, Production Design, Score, and Sound. While the film fell short for Adapted Screenplay, Costume Design, Makeup and Hairstyling, and Best Picture, we shouldn’t sleep on how well Dune performed last night.
Undoubtedly, Best Picture is the big prize, and Coda deserves celebration for its historic accomplishments on so many fronts. A great story well told should always be honored and supported by film lovers, and this is definitely one to cherish. Coda’s triumph underscores the crucial truth that movies can and should be inclusive because deeply moving tales come from all of our lives.
Also, awards going to POC, deaf, female, and LBGTQ artists are welcome not only because the performers deserve and have earned their honors, but also because these wins wonderfully emphasize that our country can still be, in fact and in deed, a beautiful mosaic, no matter what the minority view might be.
To those points, I believe we also have an important reason to praise the biggest winner of the night.
Sure, Dune won in the technical categories that may not be as sexy as others, but collectively they express a similarly historic point. Those honored for their contributions to Dune represent a huge, diverse, talented, and dedicated collection of international artists who worked together to offer the world a breathtaking tale exploring the human struggle of nobility vs. greed, duty vs. self-discovery, and the power of imagination.
There is a wonderful takeaway from last night’s Oscars that should be embraced as passionately as the other triumphs of the evening. Dune offers an experiential feast for the senses and nourishment for the soul brought to us by our aforementioned beautiful mosaic. And we are better for their efforts. Bravo.