None of this matters to Academy Award voters, of course. Even though “Lincoln” wasn't a big hit with the people who pick Golden Globe winners, last week's awards ceremony got Bill Clinton a standing ovation merely for being connected with the movie's intro that night. Yet Clinton has a stronger link to “Les Mis.” After l'affaire Lewinsky, his fans saw the president as Jean Valjean to Kenneth Starr's Javert. One wonders why a former Democratic president was cast in the role of introducing a movie about a Republican president. Then again, this was Hollywood.
On June 5, 1968, Robert F. Kennedy's dreams of becoming president were gunned down in a Los Angeles hotel that had hosted the second and the 12th Academy Awards ceremonies. My family got the news while house-hunting in Hugo. I didn't know then the source of the city's name. Even years later, I didn't know more than the rudiments of the “Les Miserables” plot. And not until seeing this movie did I realize how uplifting the story is.
Hugo. In 1968, we spurned it, moving instead to a place 30 miles south named after the capital of France. We lived in exile from Oklahoma for years, in a city called Paris.
McReynolds is The Oklahoman's opinion editor.