Barack Obama Gets Late Academy Nomination
For Performance in
For Performance in
"The State Of The Union"
Middle Finger News Sevice - President Barack Obama has received a late Academy Award nomination for "Best performance by an Actor in a Leading Role" for his work in The State Of The Union. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced the late addition to the list of nominations early last night at a dinner for the nominees.
"We understand this falls outside the normal process for nominations," said Academy spokesperson Harlet Snottenberg, "but his performance was so absolutely stunning, we just couldn't let the opportunity pass to recognize that."
Obama's Oscar nod becomes the first for a sitting president and expands a political landscape that has already seen former Vice President Al Gore's award for his documentary, An Inconvenient Truth.
"All that talk about reaching across the aisle, him killing Osama bin Laden, class warfare and taxes, energy and saving the earth after Bush - I absolutely believed it all," said former Hollywood Reporter editorial director Scoops 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 Obama to the Best Actor field, one of the other nominees had to be removed. The Academy was quick to rescind George Clooney's nomination for The 'Descendants' to make room.
"Oh, yeah, George - we were just kidding anyway," said Snottenberg. "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. Besides, no one saw that stinker of yours anyway."
Ms. Snottenberg would not confirm a report that the Academy had considered nominating Vice President Joe Biden for "Best Performance in a Comedy Supporting Role". All she would say is "after serious consultations we realized he's not acting."
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