BEVERLY HILLS (CAP) - President George W. Bush has received an Oscar nomination for best performance by an actor in a leading role for his work in State Of The Union. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced the late addition to the list of nominees last night.
"We understand this falls outside the normal process for nominations," said Academy spokesperson Harlan Leavitt, "but his performance was so absolutely stunning, we just couldn't let the opportunity pass to recognize that."
Bush's Oscar nod becomes the first for a sitting president and expands a political landscape that already features Al Gore's nomination for his documentary, An Inconvenient Truth. Pundits say the President could "clean up" at the Academy Awards.
"All that talk about reaching across the aisle, and the fantastic solutions for health care, energy and education - I absolutely believed it all," said former Hollywood Reporter editorial director Scoop Burns. "I haven't seen a performance that convincing since I Did Not Have Sexual Relations With That Woman in 1998."
Academy regulations dictate that each category only have five nominees, so in order to allow for the addition of President Bush to the Best Actor field, one of the other nominees had to be removed. The Academy was quick to rescind Leonardo DiCaprio's nomination for Blood Diamond to make room.
"Oh, yeah, Leo - we were just kidding anyway," said Leavitt. "You know, we do that now and then, throw someone in there who doesn't stand a snowball's chance of winning. Spices it up a bit. Gets people talking."
Leavitt would not confirm a report that the Academy received a phone call from Vice President Cheney seeking a nomination for best performance in a supporting role. All Leavitt would say is, "He's not acting. Nor is he supporting, really."
- CAP News Staff