Like a good portion of the world, I watched the Academy Awards on Sunday night. As I do every year, I was enraptured in the glamour of the gowns, the bright, incandescent shine of the celebrities and the very real excitement that permeates everyone involved with the event. Even the accountants smile when they walk the ballots into the theater!
What I love the most, though, is how invigorated I am after another year’s awards comes to a close. While most industries have their awards, few are broadcast on such a grand scale. And every year, with my own acceptance speech rolling through my mind’s eye, I’m inspired anew to get back to my keyboard and work on my ideas. To focus on my dreams and, day by day and month by month, to work toward my own goals.
It’s easy to look at something like an awards show for film as a frivolity. Certainly, we’re not honoring the next advancement toward curing cancer or discovering new planets. But…I’d argue that by the very act of celebration, we acknowledge our humanity.
Art inspires us. And entertainment provides us with an escape. Combining those two together means we have a place to go inside our minds and hearts for a few hours to renew our spirits. Refill the well. And maybe - if we’re really lucky – see ourselves in a bit brighter light.
So yes, I’d agree that entertainment should be kept in its rightful place – with a fair measure of perspective and the full acknowledgement that we can’t live all the time inside a fantasy world. But I’d also argue that a bit of escape every now and again is just what we need to renew ourselves. Because, after all…tomorrow IS another day!
Thanks for joining me today! For those who watched on Sunday, what was your favorite gown or acceptance speech?
Despite early ambitions of being a diver, a drummer or a doctor, Addison Fox happily discovered she was more suited to life as a writer. She lives in Dallas and - thankfully - doesn't have to operate on anyone. You can find her at her home on the web at www.addisonfox.com. Her latest book, THE ROME AFFAIR, is currently out from Harlequin Romantic Suspense.
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