And the Oscar goes to—

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Film and Cinema Award Season crescendos tomorrow night!

I love movies – stories on-screen, Dolby surround sound effects, buttered popcorn and Milk Duds allure old factory senses, darkness enhances film experiences.

All nominees over time deserved a nod for refining their crafts whether actor, screenplay writer, animation creator, costume design, foreign films, cinematography, all creative minds capturing Hollywood’s attention and captivating audiences world-wide.

While researching on the Internet, I happened upon a Yahoo.com article entitled, “The Top Ten Physically Disabled Movie Characters.”

https://celebrity.yahoo.com/video/top-10-physically-disabled-movie-222025377.html

Not often to see the words Top Ten and Physically Disabled in a headline.

A wonderful level of enthusiasm, excitement sped my heart rate, sending my pulse into an adrenalin like state, as if watching Neo fly notoriously fast to catch Trinity, or a suspenseful moment as in Luke fighting Darth Vader, or cheering on Rocky every step and body punch in Rocky.

Disappointment swallowed me.

My reading comprehension skills haunting, taunting me to this day.

Characters, I had misinterpreted the headline.

There have been many acclaimed films with the lead role character as disabled.

True.

But my adrenalin dove as heartbroken as Ricky Schroeder in The Champ or me when the jury decided Tom’s fate – worsening in To Kill a Mockingbird. Or this instant, disappointment gobbled me whole as Godzilla in Tokyo.

Disabled actors playing disabled characters, my dream headline; not a B-movie nightmare; a disabled actor winning Oscar global dream headline.

Capable, willing and accomplished in their own rights, disabled actors can play disabled characters.

Why don’t we see disabled people on the big screen? Or the little screen for that matter?

I had an experience as an extra for a short-film being shot locally about ten years ago.

A film crew member placed me and three other people at a table for four in the restaurant turned into a movie set.

The first director tutored each table on extra-etiquette and skills.

Hours ticked past, issues with lighting, measuring each actor for their focused mark, the dolly camera, all things Hollywood.

Finally, the director bellowed the infamous line, “Quiet on the set. Ready. Annnnnd ACTION!”

Our table smiled, began whispering in hushed library volumes, sipped our cranberry juice, cut the cold meat and buttered stale rolls.

“CUT.”

We nailed our extras skills.

Camera issues due to lighting issues.

“Quiet on the set. Ready. Annnnnd ACTION!”

As the four of us had been sitting with each other for over four hours, we exuded a natural comfort level as we whispered about the plight of high school, being an accountant during tax season-

“CUT!”

I sipped a little of the cranberry juice, didn’t want violet teeth on-screen.

The first director approached our table.

“You all did a great job, really, but I don’t know if you’re nervous but you come across as a little stiff,” he said looking directly at me.

“Oh, well, that would be natural for me because I have rheumatoid arthritis,” I happily shared.

“A-huh. Give me a second,” he waved his index finger.

Crew members came, asked us to stand-up while they repositioned the table, out of frame.

Gut wrenching. For me and my extra-mates.

How is having one person looking stiff, or in a wheelchair, or on arm crutches or with a cane, service animal, any aspect portraying the existence and variety of a portion of the population as disabled going to ruin a movie –

A movie about a widow and a widower reluctantly on their first date since losing their spouses during 9/11

Where is the passion for Hollywood to create heartfelt, gut wrenching, epic films with disabled actors portraying disabled characters?

Oprah says she had one of her extraordinary life moments when Sidney Poitier won the Academy Award for Best Actor in a film – Lilies of the Field.

And Victoria’s Extra-ordinary Life Moment goes to—

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Living Life to the Best of Your Possibility

Victoria Kaloss

‘You can judge a nation by the way it treats its most vulnerable’  ~ Aristotle

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