Imagine if Aghdashloo wins the Academy Award
By The Cousin
February 25, 2004
This Sunday's Academy Awards
show is one of those rare schizophrenic moments for me. I, who
generally dislike Iran and Iranians to death, will not be able
take my eyes
off the TV screen because an Iranian woman is among the nominees.
I will be glued to the TV, biting my lips and uncovering my eyes
only long enough to see if Shohreh Aghdashloo wins the Oscar.
It is very gratifying and heart-warming to see an
Iranian on one of the biggest stages in the world. Besides Shirin
to podium in Oslo, there has been little to cheer about for Iranians
in the past year. In Iran, it is 25th winter of discontent where
the political climate has left many reformers and reformer-wanna-be's
in the cold. Once again those who pride themselves on being heirs
of Cyrus and Darius are entertaining themselves by attending
a circus manned by the so called God's representatives on earth.
Aghdashloo is not the first Iranian nominee
for an Oscar, nor will she be the first recipient if she wins.
acclaim in late 1990s when he shot Evita. But Aghdashloo's
nomination is more high-profile, more delicious, and almost
too good to be true.
There are those Iranians who see a conspiracy
in all this. I am not joking. I have heard Iranians argue
that the U.S., Israel, the Nobel Committee, Vadim Perelman
(director of "House of Sand and Fog"), DreamWorks Studios, etc.
have all conspired
together to make this year a banner year for
women, and Ebadi and Aghdashloo are part this scheme. But
stupidity aside, Aghdashloo, if she wins, will have done a man's
better than most men could. And she will have 45 seconds
adored in the most magnificent stage in the world.
And imagine what happens if she, instead of thanking
God, her husband Hooshang Tozie, Mom and Dad, and instead of breaking
down, crying and stuttering,
stands up straight, dedicates the award to all the women
of Iran, not the world, not the middle east, but Iran.
into the camera, addresses Khamenei by name (doesn't
call him Kameini or Komini, but calls him KHAMENEYEE)
him how the award is only a beginning for all those whom
have to succumb to his whims. Imagine she becomes the
recent memory who raises above herself and becomes something
bigger than sum of her roles and her person.
That would be an Oscar-caliber performance.
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