Jon Stewart Saves the Oscars

In a great example of doing the little things despite possible repercussions, Jon Stewart created the best moment of last night’s Oscars by returning Marketa Irglova to the stage. He defied the Academy’s habit of gagging acceptance speeches with the dreaded musical walk-off. Establishments don’t like that kind of thing and perhaps Stewart won’t be back next year because of it. That may seem a small risk, but it is a risk nonetheless.

The pay off came when Marketa delivered a wonderful speech praising hope and those who dare to dream.  You can find it if you search YouTube.  Here’s what Marketa had to say:

“Hi everyone. I just want to thank you so much. This is such a big deal, not only for us, but for all other independent musicians and artists that spend most of their time struggling, and this, the fact that we’re standing here tonight, the fact that we’re able to hold this, it’s just to prove no matter how far out your dreams are, it’s possible. And, you know, fair play to those who dare to dream and don’t give up. And this song was written from a perspective of hope, and hope at the end of the day connects us all, no matter how different we are. And so thank you so much, who helped us along way. Thank you.”

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2 Responses to Jon Stewart Saves the Oscars

  1. Charles D. Leibrand February 26, 2008 at 9:01 am #

    Wow. Now that is an acceptance speech. Hoorah for John Stewart.

    I must have missed her speech the first time around. 😉

  2. Whitney Johnson February 26, 2008 at 7:36 pm #

    Thanks for sharing this Matt. I loved Marketa’s speech (her comment about daring to dream). It was so heartfelt, but I have to agree with you, the real standout was John Stewart for his willingness to do what he believed was the right thing to do. So very authentic.

    Whitney
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