It’s been said that there are few industries that award themselves with such regularity and pomp as the film industry, and that’s probably true. This Sunday, Hollywood will play host to that greatest of award shows, the 86th Academy Awards. The Oscars remain a cultural touchstone and a spectacle that millions of Americans will watch and analyze: red carpet fashion, acceptance speeches, obscure films that upset the favorites, and the deserving films and Hollywood icons that were “snubbed” by the Academy.
This year we’ve asked a group of Marriage Generation contributors to go to the Academy Awards and to report back on what some of the nominated films had to say about marriage, sexuality and family. The contributors--after recovering from the shock that “going to the Academy Awards” was a metaphor for “watch the movies at home”--happily agreed.
Few doubt the power of story to shape the moral sentiments of a people, and film may be the most powerful medium for storytelling humans have yet devised. It matters then what those stories on the silver screen held up as best in any category have to say about marriage. These stories both shape and reflect our values, and so we’re going to take a crack at figuring out what our culture thinks about marriage by looking at a few of the films nominated for Academy Awards. Whether you’re walking the red carpet or watching from the comfort of your couch, we hope you find in these posts encouragement to think deeply about marriage in the context of Oscar night.Media: