It was a successful night for the British at the OSCARS. The movie Slumdog Millionaire won eight awards, including for best director (Danny Boyle) and best picture. Kate Winslet finally got an award for best actress in The Reader after being nominated several times previously.
However, I often get very fed up when the British media, or the public at large, jump on the OSCARS bandwagon and shout to the rest of the world “We’re better than you!” or something similar. The success was just a fluke, we were lucky this year. Don’t be surprised if none of the major prizes will be won by the British next year.
I just wish that we Brits, often starved of success in the real world, need to accept that we need to be more modest about our achievements and to make the effort as a nation to tackle the persistent failure to invest and nuture our genuine talent.