Millions of people were glued to the TV last night to watch the cream of Hollywood stroll down the runway in their designer dress and tuxes, and to celebrate their art, with all the glamour, the hype, the expectations, and rewards. Along with that comes crushing disappointment, and sometimes confusion and wounded pride.
Last night was brilliant right to the end. How in the world did the wrong envelope get into Warren Beatty’s hand? He seemed at a loss, checking the envelope more than once before announcing the best film winner. La La Land – a story itself about hope and longing, and never giving up on your dream. A worthwhile, beautiful film. But then it was taken away and to everyone’s shock Moonlight was declared the winner. I have not seen this, so can not comment. But the horror and embarrassment of being up on stage, handed the highest honor of achievement, Best Movie, only to have it snatched away, was painful to watch.
As writers we can identify with the Hollywood dream. Those who want to write a screenplay, those costume designers and everyone behind the scenes, the directors who want to bring out the best in each film, and the actors who are so driven they will do anything to pursue their dreams, while knowing most of them will not succeed.
Oh yes, writers know that well. We write for years and face rejections everyday. It can come from editors, readers who don’t like the book, publishers who don’t think your story, or your writing, or your grandma is worthy. But we persevere and stubbornly don’t give up. That is our job. That is our love, and it is our passion.
So I’m raising an Oscar to each and every one of you! Celebrate each and every success, no matter how small, or how long it takes. Live the Dream. Believe in yourself and find your happiness.
I did, and I couldn’t be happier!