And the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress goes to: Octavia Spencer (The Help)
And the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor goes to: Christopher Plummer (Beginners)
And the Oscar for Best Actor goes to: Jean Dujardin (The Artist)
And the Oscar for Best Actress goes to: Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)
The Oscars are awards for the best in the motion picture industry. Every year actors and actresses clamor for nominations and then hope for the coveted Academy Award. Earning the award gives instant superstar power to that actor or actress. What does the Oscar actually mean though?
Two Words: Best Pretender.
Demián Bichir, George Clooney, Jean Dujardin, Gary Oldman, and Brad Pitt are good pretenders. They don’t actually do the things depicted in their movies. They don’t actually accomplish what their characters accomplish. Actors pretend to be something that they are not. Pretending is entertaining, effective, and necessary in their industry, but pretending as a way of life is damnable.
 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.  You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and the plate, that the outside also may be clean.  “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness.  So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
(Matthew 23:25-28 ESV)
The word “hypocrite” has its roots in the Greek word for actor (literally, “pretender”). Jesus is calling the Pharisees pretenders. Jesus uses two outlandish metaphors to describe the Pharisees.
First, Jesus says that they are like people who wash the outside of a cup and plate, but not the inside of that cup and plate. That’s ridiculous, right? Where does the food or drink go? What is the most important part of the cup or plate? Not the outside…the most important part is the inside.
Second, Jesus compares them to tombs that have beautiful exteriors. Essentially, Jesus is saying that these Pharisees are like graves with nice headstones, but the grave is still full of decomposed human remains.
The Pharisees worked hard to look good on the outside. They did all the right things. Jesus didn’t condemn them for this, but it just wasn’t enough. They obeyed every law and then every extra law that their leaders made up. They worked hard at being religious. They tithed on everything–even their spices. They were extremely careful in all they did, but Jesus says all they did was polish the outside; they didn’t deal with the inside. To paraphrase, Jesus says, “You are pretenders; you deserve an award for how well you pretend. You are not real; you are not genuine; you care most about how you appear.”
Simple question: Do you? Do you care more about the way you appear than who you really are in Jesus? Are you genuinely following or are you ingeniously pretending?
Following Jesus means knowing what you really are and confessing that as sin; it isn’t about pretending to be good. Following Jesus is knowing one thing: He is good and I am not. It’s not acting, it’s living authentically.
Christ is all,