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The Academy Awards has long been one of my favorite nights on television. The glitz and glamor, the moving acceptance speeches, the surprise wins and the must see musical performances makes this the stand out in award shows. This year delivered all we wanted from Oscar night and then some.

Tears scrolled down my face as the beautiful and elegant Lupita Nyong’o received her best supporting actress win with grace and wisdom beyond her years.

Cate Blanchett has been one of my favorite actresses since turning in her first Oscar nominated performance in Elizabeth. Her acceptance speech included this little nugget of wisdom to the powers that be in Hollywood; “those of us in the industry who are still foolishly clinging to the idea that female films with women at the center are niche experiences. They are not. Audiences wanna see them, and, in fact, they make money.” Bravo Cate!

Matthew McConaughey, looking like the best of all Hollywood leading men, made hearts melt when he thanked his family acknowledging that they are the ones he looks forward to being with and they are who he aspires to make proud.

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Jared Leto, 42, took home the first major award of the night and set the bar high with a speech that was a touching tribute to his mother, the 36 million people who have died from AIDS, and the people of Ukraine and Venezuela. 

In fact many of last night’s winners were made up of people in their 40’s and older. It’s nice to see that even in a youth obsessed culture, it’s good to be a 40 something year old on Hollywood’s biggest night.

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