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26 Apr, 4 tweets, 2 min read
For the first time, the Oscars stage has a ramp. Let’s go #cripcamp
For years, my wife used a wheelchair. She also happens to be a filmmaker. So, I confess, I hoped this year we’d see disability history in the making & a winner taking the stage by ramp. I’m😔but #CripCamp remains a historymaking film & the fight it chronicles is as vital as ever.

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