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Warning: Mild Spoilers
With the Academy awards upon us, and the phenomenon that is James Cameron’s Avatar, I have been hearing a lot of talk about it. No one is debating Avatar’s beauty or the ‘RealD’ special effects, but everyone is coming after the story. My question is why.
Yes, the story is the nothing new, but it didn’t claim to be. It is a great version of a story that is frequently retold in our history; an updated version of the Colonist vs. the Native Americans. It is powerful and relevant. I loved it for what is was.
It seems to me that people are looking for something to hate on, and that’s fine. I get it. But please don’t disrespect. Regardless of the plot, Avatar has changed the way movies will be made. It deserves all the attention its getting.
Now the question is, will Avatar take home the Best Picture statue on March 7th. I don’t know. I honestly don’t think it was the ‘best picture’ of the year, but I don’t know what will beat it. The Hurt Locker (directed by Cameron’s ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow) is rumored to a top contender, however giving The Hurt Locker the night’s top award would be going against the Academy’s new 10 nominee policy. The main purpose of 10 nominees are to get more popular films honored by the Academy. In a popularity contest, no one can touch Avatar.
Will Avatar sweep the Oscars, or is the Academy over giving the crown to the most popular girl in school? We’ll see on March 7th.
footnote: If you haven’t seen Avatar yet, ONLY see it in 3D. Don’t play yourself.
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Congratulations on your Academy Award Nomination and your recent Golden Globe win. I don’t want to jinx anything, but you and I both know that you are favored to win this year’s Best Supporting Actress statue. I am nothing but elated. Your performance as Mary Jones was both haunting and powerful. You should be nothing but proud, however that is not what I am here to talk about.
We need to talk about your legs. I know that you are against shaving your legs. On The View in 2006, you were quoted saying:
“I must show America what a real leg looks like … because it’s too much in the morning, every morning, to shave, to cut, you got Band-aids baby … I really think hair on a woman’s legs is a black woman’s thing.”
I get it Mo. You don’t want to shave your legs and that is truly your prerogative, but please don’t label it as a “black woman’s thing.” It is strictly your thing. Now that your acting is being taken seriously, and you are in the public spotlight, you have to be a little careful who you include in your statements. Also, don’t pull up your beautiful gown on the red carpet. Shaved or hairy, that is not cute.
On another note, your speech at the Golden Globes was heartfelt, well-spoken and by far the best of the night. You have become a role model and you have my complete support. I wish you all the best on March 7th and I will be watching.
P.S. If you don’t win, I will riot.