Saturday, August 09, 2003

An Oscar Extravaganza

It began with the Pre-Pre-Sneaky-Look-Ahead-Show. Then came the Post-Pre-Pre-Sneaky-Look-Ahead-Show. It is American Pageantry at it’s apex. Glitz, glimmer, silk and satin, diamonds, hairdo’s, manicures and red carpet. And after a year of waiting … it’s OSCAR time. When the entertainment industry honors it’s best. You don’t see this with other industries, like say…the politics industry. Visualize it with me…

(applause roars and fades)
Unseen Announcer In Unseen Sound Proof Booth: “Here to present the award for lifetime achievement in causing gridlock is Senator Strom Thurman”
Sen. Thurman: “Thank you! The nominees are The Ways And Means Committee … The Justice Committee … The Proof Of Purchase Committee … and The Committee Against Male Itch.”
(jump to acceptance speech)
Winning Committee Members: “We’d like to thank the Academy Committee …”

Nevertheless, the Academy Awards are a big deal. It is a time at my home when we watch each nomination with anticipation and say things like, “Oh, I heard that was a good movie.” and, “I really want to see that one.” or, “That’s a renter!”

A small part of the show was dedicated to those within the film industry who have passed away this year. A four or five minute montage was shown briefly highlighting the names, faces, and works of some of the more well known actors, actresses, writers, producers, directors and musicians who had earned a place in the hearts of fans everywhere. This year there were names like Jack Lemmon (of Felix Unger in The Odd Couple fame), William Hannah (of Fred Flinstone and Scooby Doo fame), Chuck Jones (of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Elmer Fudd fame), and Anthony Quinn (of Anthony Quinn fame). And there were others. Famous people … beautiful people … talented and wealthy people … dead people.

The fact is that everybody dies. Hebrews 9:27 says, “…man is destined to die once and after that to face judgment.” It doesn’t matter who you are, you will die and you will be judged, we all will. And the only thing we will be allowed to bring with us is our salvation. Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6).

Gold statuettes and good deeds stay here. However, “whoever believes in Him shall not perish but [will] have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

Wanna be a winner?