Gabrielle McClinton

Oscar "snafu"

Gabrielle McClinton

The world erupted into a full on crisis after the historic Oscar "snafu" leaving poor PricewaterhouseCoopers in muddy waters.  As shocking as it was, I found myself embracing the experience.  Also, I found myself thinking about perfectionism and how society is drawn to drama. 

I woke up the next morning to a slew of articles reprimanding all sorts of people who were involved in this basic human error. At the end of the day, that's what it was, an error. Even I naturally found myself craving the gossip, but I had to stop myself because really...who cares?!  Shit happens. Yes, it sucks that Moonlight didn't get the immediate recognition they deserved, but they won! They got the Oscar and the way that Warren Beatty and LA LA Land, specifically,Jordan Horowitz, handled the situation was done with grace and dignity. To see everyone in the audience with real reactions of shock and confusion and laughter was refreshing to see because it was real.

Hollywood has a reputation for being perfect.  And yet, the other night showed a glimpse of reality and how at the end of day, it's just an awards show.  It's not life or death.  I think we need to take ourselves out of the drama and let people make mistakes.

It also brings to mind when Adele had to start her song over at the Grammy's--that was a human moment. She went out of what was normal and expected and did what she needed to do!  She was being authentic. Even the biggest stars experience extreme stage freight and anxiety. The same goes for Mariah.  Girlfriend messed up with her song and who cares why it happened, it happened!  I'm in no way saying that people shouldn't be prepared. Be prepared and know your stuff but when stuff goes wrong, let's let it go and not make a headline over it. 

I think in this Trump era, some good is coming out of all of this mess. People ARE getting real. I think if we keep moving at this pace, we can get some good work done.  As an artist, you have to be able to fail in order to grow and as Queen Viola Davis so eloquently said, "...we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life."  And when she says "live a life," that means a real life filled with success and failure and all the growth in between. 

I understand that the Oscars is the highest honor for an actor so let's celebrate THAT. Let's celebrate the Moonlight win and not the Oscar "snafu."
 

(Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

(Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)