Headlines Monday were dominated by a huge gaff at the 2017 Oscars. When “La La Land” was mistakenly awarded the best picture Oscar, it overshadowed the political commentary of the evening. Yet on the other side of the country, President Trump was at the Governor’s Ball paying tribute to some less-fictional people.
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Most of the heroes in Hollywood were fictional. Even the heroic bio-pics are cobbled together by actors and producers that have faced little of the hardship they so convincingly portray on screen.
So where were the real heroes? Where were the men and women America ignores until their life-stories appear on the big screen? Some of them were in Washington.
The Governor’s Ball is held to bring together the leaders of the individual states. Sunday night’s Ball was a record setter, as 46 Governors were in attendance. Yet President Trump had another agenda.
Trump honored the men and women of America’s armed services who had gathered to help with the festivities. He sang the praises of the Army Chorus, and trumpeted the storied Marine Band (above) as they played in the White House foyer.
As Donald Trump was talking proudly of rebuilding America’s military and supporting their efforts overseas, the Oscar winners were making direct and more subtle jabs at the new POTUS.
Viola Davis who won best supporting actress for her role in “Fences,” voiced her priorities. “You know, there is one place that all the people with the greatest potential are gathered and that’s the graveyard,” Davis began. “People ask me all the time — what kind of stories do you want to tell, Viola? And I say exhume those bodies. Exhume those stories — the stories of the people who dreamed big and never saw those dreams to fruition, people who fell in love and lost.”
“I became an artist and thank God I did,” she continued “because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life.”
You would never know that actors were the only ones to celebrate life, at least not by listening to Trump speak. And even a cursory body count of the current blockbusters might illustrate the value Hollywood puts on the fictional lives they portray on screen.
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