Do you ever feel as if the only thing people seem to notice about you are your failures?
A week ago, on the morning of Monday, February 27, I woke up to a Twitter feed full of ridicule and criticisms. Late the previous night, the Oscars - the biggest annual awards show in Hollywood - had been mired in controversy. When announcing the award for Best Picture, presenter Warren Beatty mistakingly read from the wrong envelope, announcing La La Land as the winner. After the customary celebrations and speeches, an awkward commotion on stage gave way to the revelation that Moonlight was the actual winner. The La La Land team was gracious and Oscar host Jimmy Kimmel tried to smooth things over, but the damage was done.
For the next twenty four hours, social media streams and news outlets alike blasted the Oscars for the mishap, pointing fingers wherever they could. Many comments were playful, others were scathing. As I scrolled my own timelines on and off throughout the day this was the only news from the Academy Awards I saw. To this day, a week later, I still have no idea who won any of the other awards, save Emma Stone whose name was revealed in the gaffe. All the actual winners, all the celebration of art, creativity, story, and humanity were completely overshadowed by one single mistake.