And the Oscar goes to…Al Gore?

I think E!Online’s coverage says it best: He might have missed out on the White House, but Al Gore is in contention for an even bigger prize: an Oscar. That’s right. Who wants to be the most powerful man in the free world when you can win an Oscar? Gore’s climate-change documentary, An Incovenient Truth, ...

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I think E!Online's coverage says it best:

He might have missed out on the White House, but Al Gore is in contention for an even bigger prize: an Oscar.

That's right. Who wants to be the most powerful man in the free world when you can win an Oscar? Gore's climate-change documentary, An Incovenient Truth, has been short-listed for an Academy Award. My guess is that Hollywood types are going to fall all over themselves trying to give Al the golden statuette - partly to show they think climate change is the biggest "It" topic facing the planet, but mostly to thumb their noses at Bush. Laurie David, wife of Seinfeld creator and "Curb Your Enthusiasm" star Larry David, is also a producer on the film, and I imagine she can call in a few votes as well. 

I think E!Online’s coverage says it best:

He might have missed out on the White House, but Al Gore is in contention for an even bigger prize: an Oscar.

That’s right. Who wants to be the most powerful man in the free world when you can win an Oscar? Gore’s climate-change documentary, An Incovenient Truth, has been short-listed for an Academy Award. My guess is that Hollywood types are going to fall all over themselves trying to give Al the golden statuette – partly to show they think climate change is the biggest “It” topic facing the planet, but mostly to thumb their noses at Bush. Laurie David, wife of Seinfeld creator and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” star Larry David, is also a producer on the film, and I imagine she can call in a few votes as well. 

My favorite part of this story: Al Gore may be pitted against Ralph Nader. There’s a documentary about the man who siphoned away all those crucial 2000 votes that also made the short list of contenders. How hilarious will it be if they both campaign? And no matter who walks away with the Oscar, I hope Al demands a recount.

Carolyn O'Hara is a senior editor at Foreign Policy.

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