skippy designsLast Sunday it was Oscar slash Academy Awards time again, or as Billy Crystal said it: millionaires handing each other golden statues in a time of recession. I personally think the Oscars have been very boring the last few years. Safe jokes, presenters who aren’t comedians…And to make it worse: this year didn’t even have stunning dresses or fresh new faces!

Not that it matters. It still is and always will be the ultimate dream for any actor, including myself, to win one of those shiny naked men. See the proof in the picture above, where I hold my very first Oscar at age 11.  This particular one was made by my mother and uncle for the Dutch holiday Sinterklaas. I received my last Oscar only a month ago, the Oscar for Best Girlfriend, left by my boyfriend after he departed LA. Because despite the decent dullness, there’s always one thing the Academy Awards Show succeeds in…

And that, for me, is conveying the love for movies. When I was a kid, I would watch a movie with my parents and my sister almost three times a week. By the time I was thirteen I could recognize almost every actor and movie that was on TV in a few seconds. One of my my sister’s first words were Jurassic Park. I learned my English from the movies.

I love escaping to another world when watching a film, not thinking about anything else for an hour and a half. I love crying my eyeballs out because of a movie (preferably while no one’s around) or learning something about life. I get more enthused at the prospect of watching a movie by myself in bed with lots of calories on the side at night than at the prospect of clubbing. And that’s why I always wanted to be a movie actress instead of a theater actress, because I didn’t know anything else. I had never even been to a play.

What the Oscars also always do well, is celebrating imagination. One of my favorite movies of all time is A Little Princess. I saw it for the first time when I was eight and got completely obsessed with it (as I still always do), forcing all my friends to also watch it (as I still always do as well). The story itself may not be anything original, but the message is beautiful. It’s all about using imagination, daring to dream with it…Not to mention the cinematography and the score. I still get teary eyed when I listen to the soundtrack. Even when pasting the most beautiful scene and music here for your viewing pleasure…

What about you? How did you feel about the Oscars? What’s a movie that personally touched you or turned you on to acting?
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