F(orget) the Oscars: Heroes over Hype


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This deck celebrates 20 people who put their lives on the line for others. They may not get a gold statue or a walk on a red carpet, but they're stars all the same.

Forget the Oscars.

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  • To be clear: people who do good work should be honored by the people in their industry. But the award shows have grown beyond all rational scope. Weeks of articles predicting the winners… media fawning… sycophancy… mountains of social buzz. There’s got to be a balance. I know none of the heroes mentioned in this piece did what they did to get awards. Or do what they do to get awards.
  • There are hundreds of others who deserve to be in this list. Please let me know about your unsung heroes.
  • F(orget) the Oscars: Heroes over Hype

    1. First: HOW MANY AWARDS ARE ENOUGH?!Film professionals are honored with Oscars (aka Academy Awards ofMerit), Golden Globe Awards, MTV Movie Awards, BAFTA Awards,NY/SD/SF/Austin Film Critics’ Awards, Screen Actor’s Guild Awards,Writer’s Guild Awards, etcetera ad nauseum….Over one hundred different organizations give awards to films, and tothose that create them.The most self-congratulatory industry there is,except for politics.But what about the real heroes?
    2. In no particular order: HERE ARE 20 HEROES.(No statuettes, but a ton of gratitude.)SELECTION CRITERIA: raw courage, compassion, selflessness.
    3. In the Everyday Hero category:
    4. Delroy Simmonds On his way to a job interview in June 2012, he risked his life to lift a baby off of train tracks after a gust of wind knocked the baby’s stroller over the subway platform’s edge. He missed his interview. http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Society/2012/0416/Everyday-heroes-Nine-tales-of-American- heroes/Subway-stroller-rescue-and-a-new-job http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/brooklyn/subway_hero_reunited_with_tot_jnl9K0FrRDRHY5B JMQMGLO?utm_medium=rss&utm_content=%0A%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20Br ooklyn
    5. James and J.D. Bennett Father and son duo raced into a burning van to save two children after a collision in January 2012. http://sanger.kmph.com/news/news/74480-babies-pulled-burning-car-reunite-rescuers
    6. Kristyn Dominy In March 2012, this woman rescued a driver and her child after the Jeep they were in crashed among trees and erupted in flames The victim of the crash had earlier “flipped off” Dominy as she was driving by. http://tampa.cbslocal.com/2012/03/09/woman-rescues-driver-who-flipped-her-off/
    7. Jeremy Wuitschick April 2012: This 13-year old boy steered a schoolbus full of kids to the side of the road after the driver had a seizure and fell unconscious. Jeremy stopped the engine, then began CPR on the driver. http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2017945317_schoolbushero10.html (with dashcam video of incident)
    8. Jeff Blackburn While on his sanitation route, in May 2012, he observed a stroller getting away from a mother, and about to roll into an intersection. He blocked traffic and ran to grab the stroller before the baby could be hit by an oncoming truck. http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Garbage-truck-driver-hailed-as-hero-for-saving-baby-in- runaway-stroller-156400715.html (with dashcam video of incident)
    9. Robert Sotelo He rescued an elderly woman from a burning home in San Jose in July 2012. http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/man-saves-85-year-old-woman-burning-san-jose-home/nPmCk/
    10. Linda Rios In October 2012, this woman fought off dogs to rescue an elderly woman from being mauled. http://www.news-journal.com/news/local/rusk-county-woman-rescues-elderly-neighbor-from-dog- mauling/article_1fcbd289-8a16-57db-a5b6-8ff522fa01a9.html
    11. Carter Graves In November 2012, a kayaker who had lost his boat and was in distress in a riptide and heavy surf was rescued by Carter. http://www.coronadonewsca.com/news/article_be0b0264-3b1f-11e2-b951-0019bb2963f4.html
    12. Laura Majkut She pulled an unconscious teenager out of the smoke-filled apartment above hers in November 2012. http://www.boston.com/metrodesk/2012/11/09/natick-woman-rescues-teenager-burning- apartment/85r4LpHA3LkztQ4ZoHLf5J/story.html
    13. Richard Opthof In December, this ER Nurse grabbed a ladder, climbed up on his neighbor’s burning home, and rescued a woman dangling from a window (trying to escape the smoke). http://www.northjersey.com/news/185245752_Neighbor_rescues_an_elderly_woman_from_burnin g_Bogota_home.html
    14. Shontal Gaymon This 29-year-old mom raced into a burning building and suffered second- and third-degree burns to save a one-year-old child. http://www.fox23news.com/news/local/story/A-Heros-Story-Troy-woman-runs-into- burning/rq_ufcrAhkuA5a142i2tyA.cspx
    15. Four in the “Young Kid Saves Another fromDrowning” category….
    16. Sagar Kashyap (video)He was on the shore of the Agra Canal in Jaitpur area of southeastDelhi when he heard four boys shout for help. He was able to save3 boys in 15 minutes, while one sank below the water.http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/teenaged-braveheart-saves-3-from-drowning/1/208712.htmlAnd then he saved lives again, one month later!:http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/NewDelhi/Saviour-boy-does-it-again-rescues-3-drowning-kids/Article1-913762.aspx
    17. Jermyasha Scales 11 years old, she was the first at the scene to realize something was wrong, and pulled the 12-year old drowning victim to the surface, up from the pool’s bottom. Only then did adults realize something was wrong and come to help. http://www.wkrn.com/story/18780229/child-pulled-from-pool
    18. Cooper Davis In July 2012, this 8-year old dove to the bottom of a pool to pull up a child who had drowned and sunk to the bottom. http://abcnews.go.com/US/year-hero-pulls-boy-bottom-pool/story?id=16873817 (includes video)
    19. Daniel Hobbson This 17-year-old swam 2000 feet from shore to reach an overturned boat, then used a childs plastic blow-up swim ring to rescue a 43- year-old man who had fallen into the freezing cold lake. It took nearly 40 minutes for Daniel, who was suffering hypothermia, to tow him to shore. http://www.news.com.au/national-old/teenager-rescues-man-after-boat-overturns-on-lake-lonsdale/story- e6frfkvr-1226240137495
    20. Heroes that pour out their lives:
    21. Lou XiaoyingThis woman, now 88, has rescuedand raised 30 babies that wereabandoned in the streets of Jinhua.She is shaming to governments,schools and people who stand byand do nothing. She has no moneyor power but she saved childrenfrom death or worse.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2181017/Lou-Xiaoying-Story-Chinese-woman-saved-30-abandoned-babies-dumped-street-trash.html
    22. Scott NeesonFormer president of 20th Century Fox Intl., Neeson gave up hisHollywood life to run a Cambodian charity that has helped house,educate, and provide care for 1500 children in desperate situations.Before moving, he had visited Phnom Penh. One day as he wastrying to help 3 sick children (at a dump), an agent In California calledbecause his star client was having a meltdown. The actor’s private jetwasnt properly stocked with his favorite stuff. “The actor said, My lifewasnt meant to be this difficult. The kids I was with were very sick…heres this [millionaire] yelling. If I needed a sign, that was it.” ~Neesonhttp://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20671252,00.html
    23. Malala Yousafzai This Pakistani teen has fought for girls rights to education – risking her own life to do so. At 15, she was shot in the head in a Taliban assassination attempt. She had criticized the Taliban for their repression and demolition of the school in her valley. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gordon-brown/no-bullets-bombs-threats_b_2101346.html?
    24. Susana TrimarcoThis amazing woman has dedicatedher life to rescuing women abductedinto sex-slavery. Hundreds of womenhave been freed, and subsequentlyhelped testify against and convict thetraffickers and corrupt police that wereinvolved. http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Making-a-difference/Change-Agent/2012/1211/Mom-in-Argentina-rescues-hundreds-of-sex-slaves
    25. Dr. Gary Parker In 2012, Dr. Parker performed hundreds of surgeries to improve the lives of patients in West Africa. None of them paid him a dime. He’s been doing as many operations each year as a volunteer, on board Mercy Ships… for 26 years. http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50141237n
    26. Brian Crouch Seattle, WA http://twitter.com/briancrouch https://plus.google.com/104832010527349100318/ Director, Social Media at SDL. SDL is not responsible for this content.All images used with attribution to original source and/or in accordance with US Copyright Law, fair use,section 107: http://www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap1.html
    27. "Awards are meaningless for actors, unless they all play the same role."—Humphrey Bogart, 1943 What role will you play?