This world that we live in is as much about “Generation-Previous” as much as it is supposed to be about “Generation-Next“. It is the young sexagenarians & septuagenarians out there who are more willing to ‘run that extra mile’ than lazy old people (like me) who are yet to complete four decades on this planet. They are there in all fields of life, matching each step with us.

For example, watching the Oscar Awards telecast gave me my ‘Lesson for the Day’ — Life begins at 60 !

The great director Martin Scorsese has given us cinema masterpieces like ‘Gangs of New York‘, ‘Cape Fear‘, ‘Goodfellas‘, ‘Raging Bull‘. But he had to wait for his sixth nomination, to finally win a ‘Best Director’ Oscar – at the age of 64.

The charming ‘Queen of England’ Helen Mirren had to cross over to the other side of 60 years to make her Oscar debut. For her it was a case of “3rd time lucky”.

Alan Arkin also had his lucky stars alligned around the number 3 – his third Oscar nomination. He won his first Oscar – ‘Supporting Actor’ for his role as the grandfather in ‘Little Miss Sunshine‘, after having blown out 76 candles on his birthday cake

78 year old Italian film composer Ennio Morricone won an honorary lifetime achievement Oscar.
Mr. Morricone, who had been nominated five times – but never won, is credited with the original music compositions for many great movies. But I feel he will be most remembered for the grand music from some of the famous Clint Eastwood Westerns, like ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly‘, ‘For a Few Dollars More‘.
Anyone who has seen ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly‘ cannot forget the iconic theme music of the movie that plays every time Clint Eastwood rides onto the screen … to the effect that the music is always associated with an image of Eastwood, a cigar in the corner of his mouth, his cowboy-hat pulled almost over his eyes, astride a horse & meandering into the town’s Main Street.

What does all this show us ? That our own Big B is at the ripe age to start & try getting those Oscar-chasing roles (ha ha ha)
And that Deepa Mehta will probably have to wait at least till 2010 before thinking about winning an Oscar !