While this year’s Oscar Ceremony was as long as always and had many misfires in terms of style and substance, I was touched by several great and small moments and flourishes throughout the ceremony, including:
- Kathryn Bigelow becoming the first woman to receive the Best Director Academy Award;
- Geoffrey Fletcher becoming the first African-American writer to receive an Academy Award;
- Mo'Nique becoming the fifth African-American actress to win an Academy Award;
- Sandra Bullock transcending previous constructs to win the Best Actress Academy Award;
- The heart-felt and heart-warming honoring of each of the actors and actresses competing for the top Awards by their peers;
- The Hurt Locker, a small independent film with masterful execution in all creative and technical areas, winning the Best Picture Academy Award;
- And a gentle and gracious atmosphere that seemed to pervade the whole event.