I haven’t watched the Oscars in years, though I used to watch religiously, but this was the first time in a while that there were a few nominated films that I had really enjoyed seeing and I wanted to waste a few hours watching TV and keeping myself occupied with other things (like trying to finish my current knitting project and completing another challenge in Zoo Tycoon).
The highlight of the night for me was Dustin Lance Black, the man who wrote the screenplay for Milk (a movie I enjoyed very much) who thanked his mother for loving him no matter what and then said something that brought tears to my eyes :
If Harvey had not been taken from us 30 years ago, I think he would want me to say to all the gay and lesbian kids out there tonight, who have been told they are less than by the churches, by the government, 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.”
There are tears in my eyes again just re-reading it. I cannot imagine what these words mean to those people who have heard from their families, from society, that they are none of these things. I know a few people like that, and I think they should believe every word of that speech, because I do.