Monday, February 27, 2012

And the Academy Award Goes To....

For our recreation last night, the postulant community made some popcorn, hooked up our TV to a projector, and played a competitive game of Oscar Bingo while watching the Academy Awards on our "big screen" (i.e., the wall of our study).  The Oscar ceremony was one of the more enjoyable ones in recent years, though I admit I haven't yet seen many of the nominated movies.  Among other things, Billy Crystal didn't disappoint as host, and the performance by Cirque Du Soleil was a pleasant surprise. 
I've sat through many an Oscar broadcast over the years, and I confess that I often enjoy the red carpet festivities more than the actual ceremony: 

"And who are you wearing?" 

Mother Dolores Hart
Last night's red carpet featured an unusual sight in Hollywood: a real, live Benedictine nun, Mother Dolores Hart, who is the subject of the Oscar-nominated short documentary, God Is the Bigger Elvis.  Before she entered the convent, Dolores Hart was best known for playing Elvis' love interest onscreen.  You can read more about her movie career and vocation here.

In a couple of weeks, Sr. Rebecca, Cheryl, Theresa, Chelsea, Carly and I will be heading to Hollywood ourselves.  We won't be walking any red carpets like Mother Dolores (maybe in our dreams), but we will be taking a media literacy course in Los Angeles led by Sr. Rose Pacatte, FSP, who is the Director of our Pauline Center for Media Studies in L.A.  We're excited about what the class will entail, especially since one of our pre-seminar assignments was to watch both Witness and Terminator 2: Judgment Day.  I can't wait to see how we tie those two movies together in class!

The media course relates to our mission, which includes developing and distributing resources that help individuals and families use and engage movies and other media from a perspective of faith.  Pauline Books and Media's most recent digital newsletter, My Discover Hope News Notes, highlights some of our resources, including How to Watch Movies With Kids

I look forward to reporting back to you when we return from our L.A. trip.  Hollywood, here we come!

God bless,



Anonymous said...

Hi Sandy,
I remember my mom telling us about this actress. I emailed my brother so he could give her the update. I hope the links appear in the email.

Thursday said...

Just be glad you are not playing "Grammy Bingo", this year especially! here's hoping your singing might inject a little bit of the Holy Spirit into the musical world. Given the propensity for awards shows to be petri dishes for controversy, one may wonder if this nun's presence didn't affect the behavior of some of the red carpet celebrities.