Political Oscars 2009: And the Winners Are...

03/22/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

2008 featured the most dramatic election in memory, and some of the most compelling figures ever seen on the political stage -- characters not even the best screenwriters could top.

Despite or, perhaps, because of this, this year's politically themed movies -- Frost/Nixon, Milk, W., Swing Vote -- struggled at the box office. Hollywood just couldn't match the drama being played out on the campaign trail.

So, with the Oscars coming up on Sunday, I thought it would be a good time to salute -- and mashup -- some of the year's noteworthy achievements in the worlds of politics and entertainment... which, these days, aren't always easy to tell apart.

The envelopes please...

Sex Scene:

Best: Kate Winslet and David Kross in The Reader

Worst: Eliot Spitzer and Ashley Dupré in Client #9

Rip Off:

Best: the compromising photo stolen in The Bank Job

Worst: the $50 billion Bernie Madoff stole from his hapless clients

Return on Investment:

Best: Slumdog Millionaire, which cost $15 million to make and has grossed over $130 million worldwide.

Worst: the $350 billion we gave to Wall Street banks -- with nothing to show for it.


Best: The Dark Knight, Christopher Nolan's brooding follow up to Batman Begins

Worst: TARP II, Tim Geithner's vague follow up to Hank Paulson's Bailout Begins

Performance in a Drama:

Best: Mickey Rourke's soulful comeback in The Wrestler

Worst: the banking CEOs trying to act contrite in front of Congress

Performance by a Rodent:

Best: Matthew Broderick as the fearless mouse in The Tale of Despereaux

Worst: Rod Blagojevich as the Senate seat-selling rat in A Tale of Desperation

Short Subject:

Best: Auf Der Strecke (On the Line)

Worst: Fred Thompson's blink-and-you-missed-it presidential run

Mega-Buck Action Fantasy:

Best: Iron Man

Worst: Self-Regulation on Wall Street

Performance by a Grizzled Veteran:

Best: Clint Eastwood tosses aside his prejudices and finds redemption in Gran Torino

Worst: John McCain tosses aside his principles and loses an election in Maverick No More

Scary Performance:

Best: Heath Ledger as The Joker

Worst: Stew Parnell as The Jerk who shipped out peanut butter he knew contained deadly salmonella

Funny Performance:

Jim Carrey says "Yes" to everything in Yes Man

Unfunny: Republicans say "No" to everything in Congress

All right, HuffPosters -- now it's your turn. List your Political Oscar nominees in the comment section below and we'll publish the best ones this weekend.