Awards season is upon us and you know what that means. It means we will mercilessly judge well-dressed strangers while sitting in our pyjamas with a bag of chips.
Celebrities make it easy to be cynical. They’re practically living advertisements for the clothes and jewelry designers loan them for the night, and many of us are aware of this. Why then, do we love to watch the Oscars? Is it the glamour of fame and fortune, critical interest in filmmaking? Perhaps for some, but I think most of us are watching for a reason that goes a bit deeper: validation.
Katniss Everdeen won the Hunger Games, caught fire, and became the Mockingjay: the face of a revolution. But the Mockingjay is not Katniss Everdeen. Katniss is a girl at her breaking point; the Mockingjay is a symbol that has it all together.