I'm an actor. I've studied this craft for many years and devoted my life to it. And like many little girls and boys, I've often imagined what my Oscars speech would be. I've recited it in my car, tweaked it while holding a hair brush, and proclaimed it as I'm leaving an audition I totally rocked. I won't give you the details now because I want you to be surprised when it happens. Every year around this time, I get a little tingly just thinking about the upcoming show. It's magical to me. It's showbiz. It's the Super Bowl for the entertainment world. Only instead of pads and jock straps, the attendees are wearing Prada and Marc Jacobs. Just about everyone would agree that winning an Academy Award is the highest honor you can receive as an actor. We all want it. We all chase it. We all hope someone see's our talent enough to give us a chance to earn it. And for those who reach that pinnacle, their lives are forever changed. For the people who are nominated, whether it's in front of or behind the camera, it's not just about the extra money they'll earn for being an Academy Award winner but the ultimate recognition of their hard work.
I'll be watching the Oscars with my daughter on Sunday. I want her to see what a top actor in my field looks like and how they're honored for their achievements. And maybe show her the side of my career that's not all schlepping around to auditions in weird outfits. "See? Mommy has dreams too!" In a...
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