150 Reasons to Have Pride in 2010
BY Advocate Contributors
May 10 2010 5:00 AM ET
BECAUSE WE HAD THE MOST MEMORABLE OSCAR MOMENTS
Forget what happened after Sandra Bullock won the Oscar for Best Actress. It’s what she said during her acceptance speech that really mattered to the gay men and women watching. Bullock thanked her late mother for teaching her that there is “no race, no religion, no class system, no color…no sexual orientation that makes us better than anyone else.” And then she noted that Meryl Streep is an excellent kisser. It was a major moment for inclusiveness, and the icing on the cake for what had already been a very gay evening. Also that night, Neil Patrick Harris wowed the crowd in a song-and-dance number choreographed by Adam Shankman, but not until after documentary and drama collided when director Roger Ross Williams skipped up to the stage to accept the Academy Award for Best Documentary for Music by Prudence; he was promptly upstaged when a disgruntled former producer from the film, Elinor Burkett, grabbed the mike during his acceptance speech.