He was the topic of conversation during the Oscars, afterwards at the Governors Ball and into the night at the Vanity Fair party. In the 60 years that I’ve been covering the Oscars, I’ve never seen or heard the country‘s politics and/or morals take a larger piece of the Oscar stage than this year’s repeated tributes and standing ovations to Al Gore and his “An Inconvenient Truth.”
At past Oscars, there were standing ovations welcoming back and honoring Charlie Chaplin and Ingrid Bergman, and restrained applause to Elia Kazan. I’ve witnessed these emotions outdoors while emceeing the red carpet arrivals , as well as seated inside covering the show from an Acad member’s point of view of the show, yes even backstage on occasions, observing bare emotions. But this year’s Oscars won the prize for repeated approval of Al Gore. It includes the musically-contrived exit to the start of his “My fellow Americans” speech, as scripted by Bruce Vilanch. The “would he/should he run” talk continued among the guests through the night.