We’d like to thank The Academy

The 84th Annual Academy Awards® will be presented this weekend, and it seems only fitting to let you in on the presumed whereabouts of Our Dad’s Flag.

The envelope please . . .

Our Dad’s Flag is currently ‘on location’ with The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Although not necessarily part of the actual Oscar® show, we sent the flag out to Mr. Tom Sherak, President of the Academy, as a nod to one of our favorite family pastimes: going to the movies.  Prior to our Dad’s mobilization, he wanted to see as many movies as possible. We did . . . and that was a lot of popcorn!

We recently received a surprise package. My daughter asked, “Can we wear them to the movies?” Absolutely! No better time than the present for these special presents. To the kindhearted on the West coast, many thanks!

Movies are Magic

Our most recent film was Hugo in 3-D, an adventure about magic, mankind, machines and the marvel of movies and of course, filmmaker and magician Georges Méliès (based on the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick.) Our young son sat slack-jaw mesmerized throughout. Our daughter continually reaching out, trying to touch the images as they magically jumped from the screen. Giggles as she realized she fell for it again, and again, and again. 

A movie that provides hope and promotes courage through a compelling adventure is a gem among stones. To us, Hugo is just that gem with its brilliance of cinematography, sparkle of beautiful writing and glint of magic that promotes our willing suspension of disbelief. This story revolves around the idea that when the heart of something is broken or missing, it won’t work. Can it be restored? Can the missing piece appear with the sleight of hand in the vapors of magic? Or is the fix simply kismet?

At the heart of every great film are its creators. Aside from being nominated as Best Picture, Hugo has also been nominated for 10 more Academy Awards® including Best Director (Martin Scorsese), Best Adapted Screenplay (John Logan), Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Visual Effects, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing, and Best Sound Mixing. A great movie about the origins of moving pictures — good luck to all!

Need More Academy?

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences is so much more than just the host of a famous awards program. This association is made up of over 6,000 artists involved in all aspects of film; think: actors, directors, writers. Now think harder: editors, hairstylists and make up artists, visual effects, public relations, the list goes on and on. Sure everyone loves a good awards show but the real benefit of the Oscars® is the revenue it produces to fund the outstanding programs offered by the Academy.

In 1927 a small group of film folks were looking to create unity within the film industry. It brought everyone together and developed recognition for merit (officially known as the Academy Award of Merit but to common folks like us it’s an Oscar®!) Early on, the Academy even worked with the military to develop training films that were used through WWII to support the troops. Since those early awards and projects, the Academy has taken on a wonderful role in society as a non-profit institution.  It offers scholarships and seminars, invests in the influence and future of science and technology on the industry, and continues to safeguard the past for our present and future by preserving and documenting films and building a museum dedicated to motion pictures.  Visit their website, www.oscars.org, for some great history and interesting Oscar® statuette facts.

A Personal Clip of Movie History

Taken from a letter written by our children’s great grandfather on board the USS Wisconsin during WWII. He wrote to his wife from the ship’s print shop:

Have seen some movies the last few nights,  the best one was “Roughly Speaking” I enjoyed it very much…the other was “Dinner for a Soldier”. But tonight I’ll miss the movies for a change. The picture is “Something for the Boys”, Carmen Miranda. I wonder what she has for the boys or is it what the cast has for the boys. I guess the printers will tell me all about the show and try to tease me by saying that there were some pretty dames in it.
                                                                      –   June 15, 1945


The Best Supporting Roles

We’d like to thank the Academy for recognizing Our Dad’s Flag and to Mr. Scorsese and all associated with Hugo for reminding us that hope, courage and adventure all play the best supporting roles in our destiny. And special thanks to the US Armed forces for the courage they display and the hope they provide for the future.

Lights! Camera! Action!

Tune into the Oscars® Sunday, February 26, 2012 on ABC. What are your picks? Take our poll.

Roll the Credits

Thanks for reading and we’ll continue to share our own adventures and eventual happy ending — when Dad returns from Afghanistan.  Bet you can’t guess where Our Dad’s Flag goes next! Be sure to sign up to follow on email, become a follower on Twitter and like us on Facebook. Comments? Use the link below. Questions? E-mail ourdadsflag@yahoo.com.


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