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Politicians and the Academy Awards

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Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2013 12:00 am

Great program on Sunday night's Academy Awards; good entertainment, lovely ladies, occasional humor and generally a festive atmosphere.

The final touch was when they had the president's wife announce the contenders for best picture. That segment went over so well with the audience that it occurred to me that they overlooked the obvious.

Why did they settle for just the first lady, when there were other quite qualified presenters for various awards? An example might be Chief Justice Roberts introducing the best actor finals, or Hillary Clinton to cajole the best actress in the losers category with "it just doesn't matter." Nancy Pelosi, Diane Feinstein and Harry Reid might have also been considered. There seems to be no lack of other politicians who would jump at the free exposure.

The opportunity was there for additional political mileage — and missed. But then, there is next year.

Richard Viall


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