President Bush's sequel to last year's State of the Union address called "Return of the King", which he will be delivering today at 9:00 p.m EST, is expected to sweep this year's Oscar Awards. The address, which has been nominated in three categories, namely, Best Actor, Best Sci-Fi Film and Best Writing (adapted screenplay), is expected to win all three, thus giving President Bush the distinction of being the first ever US president to have been publicly felicitated for his talent as an actor.
In addition to the president, his chief advisor Karl Rove has also been nominated for Best Direction and Best Computer-generated Animated Character, the competition for the latter being especially fierce with Chris Matthews and Ann Coulter also being nominated.
The awards ceremony is expected to have its moments of awkwardness with Jon Stewart of the Daily Show being the host, who has been a virulent Bush critic for over 4 years and is expected to crack many more jokes at the president's expense during the ceremony itself. However, White House insiders point out that due to the absence of subtitles in real life, the president is expected to maintain his composure due to incomprehension.
Although the nomination of the president in the Best Actor category was not really a surprise due to his six years experience in playing the role of a president on-screen, what was amazing was his nomination being put forth even before the broadcast of the actual State of the Union address. Industry analysts explain this by saying that the jury didn't want the president to lose his chance at winning just because of the late timing of his address, especially as it would be a grave injustice to someone of his acting talent not to receive any acclamation for his pioneering efforts in the field of motion picture production (via HuffPo).
Although last year's State of the Union address, called "The Madness of King George", made it to the nominations, it didn't win any awards due to a shoddy ensemble and the president's lack-lustre performance that was short of believability. This year, with the president having improved his acting prowess through numerous pre-staged Hurricane Katrina photo-ops, as well as many of his characters having been promoted to bigger and better roles, the sequel shouldn't suffer from any such problems.