Politics at the Oscars
Hollywood and Washington are cozier than ever. Michelle Obama even introduced the best picture winner via video.
Here are just a few lessons that some politicians can learn from Sunday’s ceremony:
Overcoming partisan gridlock. Once you get past Daniel Day-Lewis’ Oscar-winning performance, the film is one deeply rooted in partisan politics. While today’s issues are different, the divide remains as polarizing then as it is now. Two opposing ideologies are forced to find common ground, and the result is a great leap forward in social progress. Modern day politicians would be wise to remember this lesson in the ongoing sequester talks.
Creative problem solving. The Best Picture winner was a perfect blend of humor, drama and heart, but also showed American ingenuity at its best. The idea of using a fake film crew to get into and out of Iran was genius, and politicos could learn a thing or two from the 1970s CIA. Compromise won’t be easy and pretty, and politicians might need to get creative to achieve their greater end and keep the country moving forward. The modern day world is full of complex problems, including the Iranian villains of the film, and out-of-the-box solutions might be necessary.
Zero Dark Thirty
Perseverance. Although the torture debate predominated this movie, it also contained a strong lesson of determination. The main character, Maya, never gives up on her hunt for Bin Laden, and is willing to fight for what she believes in. This willful moxie would benefit some current politicians, who hide behind filibusters and other legislative loopholes to avoid standing up for what they truly believe in.
Humanity. Perhaps the charming center point in an otherwise dull ceremony, Best Actress winner Jennifer Lawrence was praised for her humanity. The look of genuine shock and appreciation when a congratulatory Jack Nicholson interrupts her post-award interview was adorable. Politicians could learn something from Lawrence. Appreciative for the position they’ve been put in, and with the grace to use that position for the greater good.