Bill Schneider’s Political Oscars 2012

February 24th, 2013



Best picture

It was a terrible tragedy that ended in a touching love story. Chris Christie and Barack Obama in A Sandy Love Story. It helped Obama get re-elected, and it may do the same for Governor Christie in New Jersey this year.


Best performance by an actor

Karl Rove’s meltdown on Fox News election night, trying to argue that Ohio went for Romney. A bravura performance.

Best performance by an actress

Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill performs in the Republican Senate primary. She runs ads calling Todd Akin—who invented something called “legitimate rape”—“the most conservative congressman in Missouri.” It works. She gets the opponent she wants. And wins.

Best supporting actor

Bill Clinton speech at the Democratic convention: “Now, people ask me all the time how we got four surplus budgets in a row. What new ideas did we bring to Washington? I always give a one-word answer: arithmetic.”

Best supporting actress               

Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown University law student Rush Limbaugh insulted. Fluke endorsed Obama. And the Republican “war or women” became an issue.

Best director

Chief Justice John Roberts directed the Supreme Court to uphold the Obama health care law. That may have turned the tide in the election.

Best song

Mitt Romney singing “America the Beautiful.” And he wasn’t lip synching.

Best live action short

Mitt Romney talking about the 47 percent of Americans he didn’t care about. Credit to Jimmy Carter IV, who made the tape public.

Best foreign language film

Clint Eastwood at the Republican convention speaking in “chair” to a piece of furniture.

Best cinematography

The Etch-a-sketch image, created by Romney aide Eric Fehrnstrom .

Resulting in

Best costume design

The Tea Party movement. No one could beat their get-ups.

Best adapted screenplay

Newt Gingrich attacking the news media in the South Carolina debate. This story was adapted from a long history of conservative attacks on the media, going back to Spiro Agnew. The attack delivers victory to Gingrich in the S.C. primary.

Best original screenplay

New York Times blogger Nate Silver, who provided the authoritative narrative of the election. If there was any big winner in this election besides President Obama, it was Mr. Silver. And Big Data.