Oscar Hangover


It seems that, much like professional athletes, the folks in Hollywood often take themselves far too seriously.  And much like the Super Bowl, the Academy Awards are given an obscene amount of attention. 

Talent, intelligence, and beauty all have value – and a price tag.  And well they should.  But sometimes it does seem as though our society’s priorities are perversely misaligned. 

Consider that a medical doctor might earn $300,000 per annum – and that’s after four years of undergraduate studies, four years of medical school, a ear as an intern and then several years of post-graduate studies in various specialties … and of course licenses, certifications, and stifling malpractice premiums.  And they save lives.

Someone with physical strength and the coordination to throw a ball makes how many millions of dollars? 

And someone who can act and who was probably in the right place at the right time or perhaps has the right last name?  Well, it’s safe to say they earn more than most doctors as well.   

My point isn’t that these men and women aren’t worthy of handsome compensation for their work – they are.  Getting to the Super Bowl or making a movie is indeed hard work.  But the value we place on entertainment does seem conspicuous at times. 

Comparatively we undervalue those in education and medicine, as well as others who change lives.  Of course, I’m a little biased toward both teachers and doctors. 

All that said, I do love movies and I’m fascinated with Hollywood – particularly circa 1940-1990.  Other than music, nothing can transport me to another place and time like a movie.  They can alter my mood and frame of mind. 

I’m often unfamiliar with many of the films that win Oscars – the blockbusters being the exception.  The films on my favorites list aren’t usually the Academy’s choice.  The clip above is a prophetic scene from 25 years ago – an awesome film.

Life would be pretty boring without anything to entertain us.  Thankfully we do have sports and the performing arts.  Otherwise what would we all do?  Read? 

Just an observation…
…And so it goes…
Peace be with you,
JCD

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