Monday, February 23, 2015

2015 Oscars: Movies catching up to the theatre

Drawing on insights from Augusto Boal's The Theatre of the Oppressed, The Penumbra Theatre in St. Paul, MN has historically tapped into the power of drama and storytelling to promote social justice. Evidently, the movies are catching up. The Caucus at the NY Times, reports this morning that "political statements were the order of the evening" at the 2015 Academy Awards Ceremony yesterday:
Good Monday morning from Washington, where Congress is back in session but is still stalemated over the Department of Homeland Security financing bill, Republicans with presidential aspirations are polishing up their speeches for the Conservative Political Action Conference, and Kentucky’s governor is optimistic that Hillary Rodham Clinton can win the state next year. Have the post-Oscar parties ended in Hollywood yet? At the ceremony itself, political statements were the order of the evening. 

One speech ended in an impassioned call for women’s rights, another lamented the future of voting rights, and the final words of the night were about immigration. Oh, and Edward J. Snowden took home an Oscar. (In spirit, anyway.)

The Academy Awards ceremony took a political left turn on Sunday night.

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