Dedication... Reflections on the Oscars

A flood of memories came over me as I was transported back to the 1994 moment when Holly Hunter's name was announced as the Best Actress winner for her role in the movie THE PIANO.  I thought about the hours and hours of truly dedicated work that Holly did so that she would absolutely be the sound of her character, Ava. She wanted the role to be totally authentic…. She knew that the wonderful composer Michael Nyman could play the music and she also knew that I could play it, but she was determined that, she, HOLLY, would play EVERY SINGLE NOTE THAT you hear in the movie THE PIANO… That is quite an extraordinary accomplishment but she was driven to achieve that and she absolutely did…. She put in many hours of work before the filming and went back and re-recorded herself many months later … I am proud to say that all of that work was done with me over the course of more than two years… The Weinstein’s had their big 1994 Oscars party at, I think CHASEN’S and it was so Fun… I took one of my best friends , a wonderful actress named Cheryl Lawyer and we partied very late with the whole Piano Crowd…

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I really wanted Michael Keaton to win Best Actor for his Role in BIRDMAN…. I absolutely loved the movie and thought his performance was brilliant…. I liked Eddie Redmayne’s performance but not nearly as much… Michael was my piano student for awhile and I also played piano for his Christmas Eve party two years in a row. I found him very humble and dedicated to his family as well as his job as an actor… I cried during his speech this year at the Golden Globes… Michael is from my hometown, Pittsburgh and somehow I always feel that realness from him…

My favorite movie of the year was WHIPLASH… and I was thrilled that it won three Oscars…. For me this was the most interesting film of 2015 as it deals with how to get people to achieve excellence and uses very different methods than my own… It even challenged me to re-think the way that I teach and made me wonder if I am pushing people hard enough… I do know that I used to be much more hard core. I should probably start throwing things at my lazy ones… Usually I love people into learning and that is quite the opposite of this film’s idea….But dedication indeed was achieved in WHIPLASH.

Around Academy Award time I always feel so proud because two members of my own family were nominated: for Best Supporting Actress in 1944 (Aline MacMahon) and Best Picture 1950 (S.Sylvan Simon). 

I know first hand that it takes huge dedication and sacrifice to accomplish an Oscar…. Not to mention a wee bit of luck….

xoxo…

Margie B