Academy Awards misses iconic mark



Patrick Shelby

As a big screen movie fan, I tuned in to the 91st Annual Academy Awards show on Sunday to check out the red carpet coverage, “people watch” and of course, soak in the celebrity fashions.

The show was on as I was busy doing laundry and then, later shoveling snow from my walkway. I had cabin fever and chores to do in preparation for getting myself in gear for Monday and the upcoming work week.

After putting away the snow shovel and bringing in the last load of dried clothes from the laundry room, I decided to warm up in front of the TV and start folding.

The 2019 Oscars in memoriam segment, presented by the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President John Bailey, paid tribute to dozens of Hollywood’s finest who died in the past year. It always catches my interested eye.

I forget who passed away and then am reminded in an entertaining manner of the roles they played in the movies... kind of like a snapshot of nostalgia that reminds you of a shining moment in time.

One of my favorite movies that made such an impact on me was Stanley Kubrick’s, “Full Metal Jacket,” along with the iconic celluloid character that was Gunnery Sergeant Hartman, played by Ronald Lee Ermey.

I recently learned that he grew up in the lower valley and was to be buried at the Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.

That coming of age movie contributed to my joining the United States Navy in the hopes of becoming a journalist.

“Gunny” prepared me for the boot camp experience. I couldn’t help reminiscing about the haze grey and underway adventures as I waited for Ermey to be featured.

It was not surprising that the 2019 Oscars in memoriam segment snubbed some people. There were so many celebrity deaths in 2018, that it’s difficult to keep track and remember their importance to an industry that is centered on creative storytelling.

Still, many fans such as myself were disappointed not to see their favorite actors who were left off the list and not recognized by the academy. Then, I proudly remembered how he was honored by a nation, in full red, white and blue honors.


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