Oscars Mix-Up: How to deal with awkward moments

Written by Miles McPherson.

“Well I don’t know what happened. I blame myself for this,” said 2017 Academy Awards host Jimmy Kimmel. After the wildest Oscars I remember watching, he signed off in defeat, “I knew I would screw this show up, I really did! Thank you for watching! I’m back to work tomorrow night on my regular show. I promise I’ll never come back. Good night!”

It was crazy because the whole show builds up toward the final award: Best Picture. It’s safe to say it’s the most prestigious and coveted award of all because it’s the one award that recognizes the film as a whole.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is made up of around 6,000 filmmakers and professionals from around the globe. The only category for which they can all vote is Best Picture, and it encompasses every facet of the film: writing, directing, acting, scoring, editing, etc.

This year, nine films were nominated; Hacksaw Ridge, Hidden Figures, Lion, Arrival, La La Land, Hell or High Water, Moonlight, Fences, and Manchester by the Sea.

Ready to announce the highest honor, Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty took the stage. Beatty opened the envelope, and stammered his way through an obviously confused buildup, “and the Academy Award… for Best Picture…”

“You’re awful!” interrupted Faye, taking the envelope from him. “La la land!” she announced gracefully.

The La La Land cast stormed the stage, elated. Producer Jordan Horowitz got through his entire acceptance speech before a bit of commotion broke out onstage behind him. Finally, he awkwardly realized the mistake, and called up the cast of the true winner of best picture.

“This is not a joke, Moonlight has won Best Picture!”

“I’m sorry, no. This is a mistake. Moonlight, you guys won Best Picture!” said Horowitz. “This is not a joke, Moonlight has won Best Picture!” Then, snatching the card from Beatty, he held it up for all to see. The cameras focused in, revealing that Moonlight had in fact won.

The La La Land cast began to take their seats, as a shocked Moonlight crew took the stage. Across the room and at home, people were covering their mouths in horror. Celebrities were taking videos in disbelief. Can you imagine having to give your award back after your acceptance speech?

As everyone knows, life is full of awkward and difficult moments like that one. We felt horrible because we’ve been there and we know what it feels like to be uncomfortable and slightly embarrassed.

Many people spend a lot of effort avoiding that discomfort. They put off important conversations or avoid taking risks because they fear failure or rejection. But here’s the thing: it’s a part of life! Jesus himself said that we’d have tribulation in this world [John 16:33]—it’s just inescapable.

So, since the moments of frustration and awkwardness are inescapable, you’re better off preparing to address and deal them instead of trying to avoid them.

And how should you deal with them? Well, the number one commandment in the Bible—the most important thing for you to do—is to love God with all of your heart, soul, and mind [Matthew 22:37].

Every trial, tribulation, discomfort and awkwardness you encounter in life is an opportunity to show your love for God by exhibiting the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

The 2017 Oscars mix-up is just another reminder that you can’t avoid awkward moments, so stop trying! Things are going to go wrong. You’re going to be hurt and embarrassed and uncomfortable from time to time. Instead of trying avoiding them, anticipate them. Decide right now to respond with the fruits of the Spirit, displaying your love for God in spite of the hurdles and challenges you face in life. Then, even in the face of overwhelming awkwardness or discomfort, you can know that God will be near to you, for “The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit.” [Psalm 34:18]

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