God Shows Up at the Oscars



Over much of its history, the Academy Awards have been the backdrop for some rather off-putting acceptance speeches.

In 2011, for instance, Melissa Leo dropped a so-called “F-bomb” when she accepted the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in “The Fighter.”

In 2003, “Bowling for Columbine” was awarded Best Documentary, which provided Michael Moore a platform to rant against duly-elected President George W. Bush. “We live in the time,” he said, “where we have fictitious election results that elects a fictitious president.

And, in 1972, Jane Fonda took the stage after winning “Best Actress” for her performance in “Klute,” telling the audience, “There’s a great deal to say and I’m not going to say it tonight.” Then she proceeded to go backstage, where she declared, “There are murders being committed in our name in Indochina.”

Last night’s 86th Annual Academy Awards ceremony was decidedly different. That’s because the Holy Spirit showed up most unexpectedly.

It began when Darlene Love, a 1960s backup singer, strode to the stage to accept the Oscar for Best Documentary for “20 Feet From Stardom,” the film in which she starred.

Midway through her remarks, she was filled with the Holy Spirit and suddenly gave a powerful, impromptu performance of the gospel hymn, “His Eye on the Sparrow.” When she finished, Bill Murray leapt to his feet – yes, funnyman Bill Murray – and much of the audience followed suit.

It truly was a God moment.

Then there were the remarks by Matthew McConaughey, who’s leading role in “Dallas Buyer’s Club” won him an Oscar statuette for Best Actor. McConaughey didn’t deliver a mere acceptance speech, but powerful, Spirit-filled testimony.

“First off,” he told an audience of an estimated 40 million television viewers, “I want to thank God, because that’s Who I look up to. He has graced my life with opportunities that I know are not of my hand, nor any other human hand.”

He concluded, “Amen and all right, all right, all right.”

The secularist media didn’t get it. Like Time’s Isaac Guzmán, who posted an article today riffing on “McConaughey’s Confounding Acceptance Speech,” which the writer disparaged as “semi-bizarre.”

Well, of course it was confounding to Guzmán; to others who “didn’t get” McConaughey’s remarks.The Book of Corinthians advises, “God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise.”

Meanwhile, to those of us who are Christ followers, it was stirring to witness McConaughey’s testimony last night; to hear him give God the glory for the opportunities, the blessings he has received over his film career.

It proved the Oscar-winning actor is not ashamed of the Gospel.

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4 thoughts on “God Shows Up at the Oscars

  1. Jay Ro on said:

    Did I miss something? Your last sentence says, “It proves he was not ashamed to share the Gospel.” Did he present the Gospel and I wasn’t aware of it? Isn’t there more to the Gospel than just saying “God” (could be interpreted as any god) has been good to me? Don’t you have to at least mention Jesus when you share the Gospel? Or is there some other Gospel of which I am not aware?

    As far as Bill Murray jumping up, I can tell you he probably was responding to the performance rather than the message of the song. I would love to hear that Bill Murray gave his life to Christ after hearing “His Eye is On the Sparrow” and would hope you would write a blog about it if it happened.

    Most actors will clap for anything they deem as artistic and well-played no matter how depraved and ungodly the content might be, or in this case, how godly the content might be. They idolize performance and performers, not the messages presented. That’s why there is so much trash (to put it nicely) in Hollywood and in the music industry today! That’s why people who used to profess to be Christians, like Beyoncé, Brittney Spears, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, etc. don’t seem to have any trouble with the content they present…it is placed on the altar of almighty “art”…and the world jumps up and applauds.

    Be assured…you were not witnessing a “Come to Jesus” Revival at the Oscars. I would love to eat crow because McConaughey started acting exclusively in Christian and/or wholesome films and unashamedly shared the one and only Gospel in its entirety with the world.

    Time will tell…but we won’t have long to wait. We’ll be able to tell by the next movie in which he chooses to participate.

  2. GeronL on said:

    What a shallow joke you people are. This man just made a movie glorifying homosexuals, transexuals and drug smugglers. But he said “God” on TV and that makes it all better? He also just did an episode of True Detective where he mocks a tent revival. Get real people.

    • Now it happened, as Jesus sat at the table in the house, that behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Him and His disciples.

      And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples, “Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”

      When Jesus heard that, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick…

      I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”

      Is it not possible that McConaughey has been assigned to reach not the righteous, but sinners who watch movies like “Dallas Buyer’s Club” and episodes of “True Detective.”

    • “Dallas Buyer’s Club” ?? REALLY. That film is FULL of filth.

      These people thank “God” for their award for pushing Hollywood filth?

      The sheep are so stupid. Someone say’s “God” and they fall all over themselves to praise the person who said it.

      I can tell you this, when they say “God” it’s not who you think it is…

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