A Night at the Oscars


From left: Shirley Bassey, Barbra Streisand and Emmanuelle Riva.

The night of all nights for the film industry came and went on Sunday. The 85th annual Academy Awards brought out the man in gold 25 times to recognize the great achievements that were made over the course of 2012. Of the many individuals that were nominated for the many films they were a part of, one stood out for us: Emmanuelle Riva. The 86-year-old actress, nominated for best performance by an actress in a leading role, is the oldest best actress nominee, ever!

Known for her performance in Amour, Riva’s younger self can also be recognized for her role in Alain Resnais’ 1959 film Hiroshima Mon Amour.  It may have been an evening that recognized present day talent and success, but it was also a night for many actors to show the world that they may have aged, but they still have what it takes to be unique in this industry.

Take Barbra Streisand, 71, and Shirley Bassey, 76, these lovely ladies didn’t hesitate to tune their vocal chords and perform live at the Oscars. Bassey came out with a strong rendition of the song Goldfinger honouring the entirety of the famous James Bond series. While Streisand, whose last Oscar performance came 36 years ago, reports AARP, performing “The Way We Were,” during the In Memoriam segment of the show.

Aside from the glitz and glam that this Hollywood night always brings, what is important to recognize, is that despite their ages, these ladies are unstoppable. The arts represent incredible opportunities for expression that anyone can explore, whether it is acting, painting, sculpting or dancing. From a previous guest post, research has revealed the significance of the theatre as an intimate public place, often described as being like ‘home’ or ‘family’ for many older adults. “This could provide continued social engagement and sense of value, as well as the opportunity to develop what had often been a lifelong interest in theatre and drama. The theatre provides a sense of belonging and, from that position of security, can help people build confidence, develop new skills and take risks. Interviewees also associated their theatre involvement with feeling of well-being, confidence, self-esteem and vitality.”

It’s an activity that is never too late to take part in. So what are you waiting for? Take the plunge, because you never know where it will lead you!


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