Academy Awards going the way of Kanye?

March 8, 2010

By C. J. Stegall-Evans

I was watching the Academy Awards last night and was shocked to see, producer, Elinor Burkett bum rush the stage and commandeer, short film director, Robert Ross William’s acceptance speech. Has everyone gone Kanye West?

In the creative community the Academy Awards are considered the cream de la cream. Everyone dresses to the height of fashion and are expected to be on their best behavior. Does this change because we have a disagreement with the person who wins an award?

I don’t know about you but I watch the Oscars for a bit of escapism. This moment brought the show down to its lowest level. I was enjoying the entire pump and circumstance, paying careful attention to what everyone was wearing, and having an all around good time. Elinor Burkett let the air out of my balloon.

 I hope the future of award season is not to expect ill behavior at every ceremony. I’m sure Ms. Burkett had her reasons for her behavior, but I wish she had picked a less public venue to make her statement. I am always disappointed when human beings act in a less-than-humane manner; but I also think that being creative Ms. Burkett and Mr. Williams should people should try to find a more inspired means to solve their differences.            






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