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Lupita Nyong’o, best supporting actress, grew up in Mexico and Kenya, and eloquently acknowledged that dreams may not necessarily come true, as in a fairy tale, but dreams are valid and worth striving for in an imperfect world.

Her dream was built on the story of the pain of the slave woman whose life she depicted. Like many Americans before her, she built success on the tragic endurance and sustained courage of those who came before.

Sometimes life really does imitate art. The Barry Goldwater Institute, a think tank devoted to free market and libertarian values, is pushing bipartisan legislation in the states to solve a problem highlighted in the movie “Dallas Buyers Club.”

Legislation called “The Right to Try” would enable the terminally ill to bypass the bureaucratic red tape of the Food and Drug Administration to gain access to promising drugs that have passed the first phase of human trials, but are unavailable to the dying.

This would be deemed “compassionate use.” Hollywood can sometimes inspire serious ideas. The Lord works in mysterious way, and that’s no fantasy.

Suzanne Fields is a columnist for The Washington Times and is nationally syndicated.

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