And the Oscar goes to..

I love the Academy Awards. While some people may say it's a useless gathering of celebrities telling each other how wonderful they are, I can't help but get teary over a chilling movie montage or a particularly humble, genuine acceptance speech (Jean Dujardin, anyone?). 

This year was no exception.

I may not have walked the red carpet, but I felt connected to the Oscars last night. And it's mostly because I go to the best university in the world. Seriously.

Because of IU, I met the delightful songwriter Bret McKenzie in 2009 when he performed on our campus at the IU Auditorium. Need proof? Here's a picture to your left.

Now, the Flight of the Conchords band member has an Oscar for Best Song after writing about a struggle everyone faces at least once in their life- "Am I a Man or a Muppet?" Not to mention, his speech was basically the best of the night, rivaled only by Meryl Streep's. Speaking of Meryl....

I met her too! (That's a lie.) But I was in the same room with her when she was on campus in 2010.  In a lovely conversation with Jane Pauley in the IU Auditorium, she proved that she really is as charming and elegant as you would imagine. She's also married to a Hoosier, which is pretty neat. Here is more proof:

It's blurry, but it's legit, ok? Have you ever seen a classier blurry person?

A couple weeks ago I watched the Oscar-nominated animated short films at the IU Cinema. Although I was mostly motivated by the opportunity to see Pixar's La Luna five months before it hits theaters, I enjoyed each and every one of the nominees. For format consistency and because it's pretty adorable, here's another photo from the winning short, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

I guess the main point of this post is that once you've been at IU for a while, it's easy to take all of the cool opportunities on campus for granted. I know I do. Go to the events, watch some rarely-exhibited films, and wait in line for hours to share the same air as a legendary actress. Then next year at your Oscar party, you can give a well-informed review of an obscure nominee or casually point at the celebrity on-screen and say, "Yeah, I know her." Not that I did that or anything...

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