Oscar Night!

Too busy watching for a real post, but I just wanted to get Dustin Lance Black’s acceptance speech for Best Original Screenplay (MILK) up here ASAP! I was in a room full of people and I nearly cried, I hope this fantastic movie wins quite a few Oscars tonight!

Premiere Milk SF

“Oh my God. This was, um, this was not an easy film to make. First off, I have to thank Cleve Jones and Anne Kronenberg and all the real-life people who shared their stories with me. And, um, Gus Van Sant, Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch, Josh Brolin, James Franco and our entire cast, my producers Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen, everyone at Groundswell and Focus for taking on the challenge of telling this life-saving story.

When I was 13 years old, my beautiful mother and my father moved me from a conservative Mormon home in San Antonio, Texas to California, and I heard the story of Harvey Milk. And it gave me hope. It gave me the hope to live my life. It gave me the hope one day I could live my life openly as who I am and then maybe even I could even fall in love and one day get married.

I wanna thank my mom, who has always loved me for who I am even when there was pressure not to. But most of all, if Harvey had not been taken from us 30 years ago, I think he’d want me to say to all of the gay and lesbian kids out there tonight who have been told that they are less than by their churches, by the government or by their families, that you are beautiful, wonderful creatures of value and that no matter what anyone tells you, God does love you and that very soon, I promise you, you will have equal rights federally, across this great nation of ours.

Thank you. Thank you. And thank you, God, for giving us Harvey Milk”.

Here’s an interview with Black, in case you’re interested in reading further.

ETA: BEST ACTOR FOR SEAN PENN! He so deserved it too! I didn’t expect this at all but, yay! Penn and Black were both so eloquent and moving tonight.

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My challenge for tomorrow: Help raise awareness for a cause, just like Sean Penn and Dustin Black did. I’m going to do a cause-related blog post, attend an event on campus after class, and try and start a dialogue with people who I encounter over the course of the day. Whats your challenge?

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