By Doug Elfman
Sun-Times TV columnist
The Oscars wouldn’t be the Oscars if they weren’t a big liberal fest of feel-good backslapping. Not only was Al Gore the star of the best documentary winner, but Leonardo DiCaprio asked Gore onstage if he would run for president in 2008.
“I’m just here for the movies, Leo,” Gore said seriously.
But then DiCaprio pressed Gore, and Gore taunted the crowd.
“You’ve been very convincing,” Gore said. “So my fellow Americans, I’m going formally announce my intentions to …” And then that Oscar speech-interrupting music chimed in to cut the Gore joke short.
Ellen DeGeneres’ best line was liberal, too, the one about people named Oscar. But it was also funny when she said her dream was always to host the Oscars, not to win an Oscar.
“Let that be a lesson to you kids out there: Aim lower.”