Last night, Hollywood met and celebrated its most important night of the year and as usual, it got political. While it should be noted that every year, Hollywood pokes fun at the political world, but this year in particular, celebrities gathered together in both humor and seriousness to demonstrate their disapproval of the current American state.
Throughout the entire 3hour + show, many participants took displeasure with the current administration, and voiced their support for diversity and inclusion. Jimmy Kimmel, who was the host, started the show with a thanks to Trump, stating, “Remember last year when it seemed like the Oscars were racist? Thats gone. Thanks to him.”
Kimmel wasn’t the only celebrity to speak out against the political climate. Viola Davis, who won Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal in Fences, gave an emotional speech that rang true to many who are afraid. She said, “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—because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life.” This empowering speech was more than just a jab at Trump, it was a jab at the entire American system that glorifies white middle and upper class men.
To some, writing about Hollywood culture in a political blog may seem mundane. However, for other’s, myself included, in a time of such worry and anxiety, it was refreshing to see diversity and inclusivity celebrated and acknowledged.