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Monday, March 3, 2014

Examples of tenacity from the Academy Award acceptance speeches

Last night was the Academy Awards.  This events celebrates movies.  What it also celebrates is tenacity.  As I watched curled up on my couch with my dogs (& a box of tissues from the tears & a nasty cold) I often thought about how each person was there due to tenacity.  These people set & achieved goals in their life but the key was not giving up.  We all have to face failures in our lives and people in the movie industry are up against a lot of failures (we just don't usually see the failures- but sometimes we do).  

To make this point stand out more please watch these following movie clips of the actors & their acceptance speeches:

Jared Leto won Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his role in "The Dallas Buyers Club."  He has not worked as an actor in about 6 years but decided to take on this challenging role of 'Rayon.'  

Here is a quick clip of Mr. Leto playing 'Rayon'-- This character is one that must have tenacity in his challenging world.
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Here in his acceptance speech Mr. Leto shares the story of his own mother's tenacity and how watching her helped him and his brother go for their own dreams.
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I am not sure I would have had the tenacity to endure being a slave. Those who have experiences such injustice have my up-most respect.  Here the powerful performance of Lupita Nyong'o in "12 Years A Slave"
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Ms. Nyong'o does a tribute to the those who had to suffer before her.  She is so grateful to all those who have supported her.  I love when she said "No matter where you're from your dreams are valid."  That is the spirit of tenacity!  

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Finally is Matthew McConaughey.  Mr. McConaughey also won for his role in the movie "Dallas Buyers Club."  He made this movie come to life by fully researching AIDS, the time period, and the real Ron Woodroof.  Ron was a prime example of tenacity because he never gave up and thrilled this movie of his life was finally made (another example of tenacity).  Here's Mr. McConaughey's wonderful acceptance speech!  I will let this speak for itself!  

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