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What we learned from the 2013 Oscars

All right, tell the truth. You kept score Sunday night during the Academy Awards show didn't you?

Some of your favorites lost. That film you hated won. It's the Kentucky Derby with borrowed jewelry.

The Oscar race is now so competitive, so universally watched, that it's got a special place with Vegas wagering. But no matter what you thought of the Academy's choices or whether host Seth MacFarlane is the new Johnny Carson or simply a black-tie Beavis and Butthead, the question that needs to be asked is: What did you learn from the movies of 2013?

The lesson to be learned from "The Life of Pi" is fairly clear: It is far less dangerous to be alone on a raft with a Bengal tiger than to travel anywhere on Carnival cruise lines.

"Lincoln" proved that all humans are created equal, with the exception of Congress.

If you saw "Silver Linings Playbook," you arrived at this profound conclusion: If you want to wind up with the sexiest man of the year, sleep with everyone in the office.

And finally, the moral of "Les Miserables:" If you want a loaf of bread, for God's sake, just go to Safeway.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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