There’s still a lot of the show to go at this point (11pm), but I’m going to say the most extemporaneously moving moment of the Oscars (and please, don’t tell me that Heath Ledger receiving the award for Best Supporting Actor counts as extemporaenous) was when the screenwriter for Milk won and told all the gay children that they are beautiful and will one day have full federal rights in this country.
Over the course of my life the largest civil rights issue to be fought is for gay marriage; to see a young man speak so plainly about a basic issue of human dignity was very emotional. In fact, I think it was the first time I’ve ever seen such a public appeal on behalf of the gay community.
I hope there’s a lot more where that came from.
I imagine the Fox News crowd won’t like that one much. All the better.
Update: Of course I wrote this original post only minutes before Sean Penn won the Oscar for Best Actor and gave his own gay rights speech. A little more foreful, ala Sean Penn, than the first — telling those who voted for Prop 8 that they will feel a great shame down the road, from themselves and their grandchildren, for having vote for hate.