My Favorite Oscar Moment

Addie Stan has a nice post on Religion Dispatches about the thoughtful Oscar acceptance speech by Dustin Lance Black, who won Best Screenplay for the Milk script.

My own favorite moment from last night came once the show ended. As the credits rolled ABC played a bluesy Beck cover of the old Bob Dylan standard “Leopard Skin Pill Box Hat.” Intrigued, I did some digging this morning and learned that the song will appear on a benefit album for the UK-based charity War Child International. War Child asked some legendary musicians like Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and Bruce Springsteen nominate artists to cover one of their songs for the benefit album. The result is a 15 song album called “Heroes” that is set to be released tomorrow. Proceeds from the album will go to War Child International, which is an umbrella organization for activist groups seeking to end the terrible scourge of child soldiers.

Kudos to ABC for giving this some play to such a large audience.