Feb 26, 2007 10:30am

On the red carpet before the Academy Awards last night, E! host Ryan Seacrest asked Vice President Al Gore who would play him in the movie.

"William Hung," Gore dead-panned.

"I love the ‘Idol" reference," Seacrest said.

Tipper was wearing Bill Blass; Al was in Ralph Lauren.

But it turns out that was hardly Gore’s last Hung reference of the night.

Backstage after "An Inconvenient Truth" — the documentary he inspired and starred in was awarded an Oscar — someone called the 2000 Democratic presidential nominee a "rock star."

"William Hung was a rock star," Gore SAID "I just have a slide show."

Gore did not officially win an Academy Award last night: that honor went to the producers of the film. But the 2000 popular vote winner made the most of his Academy Award appearance. He went on stage with Leo and they did a little skit, wherein the star of "Blood Diamond" begged the former VP to make an announcement. Gore withdrew prepared remarks from his jacket pocket, "My fellow Americans, I’m going to take this opportunity right here and now, to formally announce my intentions to –" he said, before the orchestra cut him off.

Then later, after Gore went on stage with the producers and director of "An Inconvenient Truth," he took the microphone and said, "My fellow Americans, people all over the world — we need to solve the climate crisis. It’s not a political issue, it’s a moral issue. We have everything we need to get started with the possible exception of the will to act. That’s a renewable resource. Let’s renew it."
Did y’all catch it? What did you think?

On to Oslo?

– jt

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