Mar 01 2007

Oscar who?

I’ve always been an ardent fan of pop culture, but I was terribly out-of-the-loop when it came to the Academy Awards this year.  I’ve only seen a fraction of the nominated performances and in fact the only Best Picture nominee I got to the theatre to see was “The Queen.” (With my dear friend and “loyal subject” British Michaela…it was the thing to do!)

The are a couple of reasons for this. For one thing, movies don’t open in Sweden until several months after they’ve premiered in the U.S., so the buzz is usually long gone by the time I have a chance to see them. For another, tickets are pretty expensive…around $12, which is why my frugal Swede prefers to wait until the DVD is rentable.

And then even when I can talk Dr. Darling into actually going to a movie theater, I hate the ticket purchasing system here because it assigns you a seat…which pretty much guarantees that a tall person with big hair will be sitting directly in front of me. So I don’t get to the movies much, which makes it kind of tough to get into the Oscars.

But I was delighted to hear that Al Gore’s global warming film “An Inconvenient Truth” won the award for Best Documentary even though there are those who believe the Academy was taking a bit of a shot at Dubya with their selection.  GET REAL.

Andy Borowitz, on the other hand, HE really knows how to take a shot!

Supreme Court Gives Gore’s Oscar to Bush
Stunning Reversal for Former Veep

Just days after former Vice President Al Gore received an Academy Award for his global warming documentary “An Inconvenient Truth,” the United States Supreme Court handed Mr. Gore a stunning reversal, stripping him of his Oscar and awarding it to President George W. Bush instead.

For Mr. Gore, who basked in the adulation of his Hollywood audience Sunday night, the high court’s decision to give his Oscar to President Bush was a cruel twist of fate, to say the least.

But in a 5-4 decision handed down Tuesday morning, the justices made it clear that they had taken the unprecedented step of stripping Mr. Gore of his Oscar because President Bush deserved it more.

“It is true that Al Gore has done a lot of talking about global warming,” wrote Justice Antonin Scalia, writing for the majority. “But President Bush has actually helped create global warming.”

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Feed my ego!

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