Movies Create Conversations and Build Community
When the Seahawks won the Super Bowl, the city of Seattle, the entire Northwest, and sports fans worldwide came together in celebration. There were over 700,000 people on the streets of Seattle when they brought the trophy home; the entire city shut down and everyone interacted as though they had been long-time friends. We were all connected by a shared sense of pride that was almost tangible. That’s what the Oscars do for movie lovers. The telecast unites us all over the world and for one night, we come together. The actors, the directors, the writers are all the guys on the field and we are their loyal fans, shouting from the sidelines, excited by the unfolding story.
Within everything there is a story. Super Bowl XLVIII had a plethora of stories tied to it. Some about rejection, some about long lost family members, and of course, the classic tale of the underdog rising to the top. These stories turned fair-weather fans into long-lasting supporters. When we engage in stories we evolve. A good story inspires both introspection and awareness of others, connecting us all, which is ultimately what we're all looking for: connection. And that's exactly what the Oscars are celebrating: good stories that connect us all. They are all winners and the shared experience is fun!