Recently the Oscars took place. From John Travolta’s hair and speech mishaps to the anticipation and sort of letdown of Leo not winning another golden statue, it was exceptionally entertaining. But, arguably the most entertaining thing about the Oscars this year was the host Ellen DeGeneres. She started and ended the show like a true champ and even though she did things like break twitter with one picture and order pizza for cinema’s most elite, what struck me most was her comment about 12 years a slave. In her beginning remarks Ellen says, “Possibility number one: 12 Years a Slave wins best picture. Possibility number two: You’re all racists.” And the crowd laughs and then the show moved on (and 12 Years a Slave won best picture). I found the comment to be hilarious for all the superficial reasons at first but then I started to think about the racism and politics that plague even the Oscars. The comment and then the win made me think about how Black people and, as proven true in this case, our work has to be much better than our white counterparts to get the same or even a sliver of the same recognition for it. Though the comment was meant to be funny it held a lot of truth to it because I agreed that 12 Years a Slave deserved that award. But to the audience full of cast and crews of the competing movies and to the academy that picked the winners of each award, what kind of magnitude did that comment hold to them? And how did other at home audience members feel about the comment before and after the win?