Others will no doubt comment on the clothing or the hairdos or the acceptance speeches or the presenters or even on the relative merit of the winners themselves, but me? Well, it should come as no surprise that I can't help but comment on the politics:

At the Academy Awards tonight, best cinematography winner Wally Pfister made a point during his acceptance speech of thanking his union crew on “Inception.”

Backstage he went further, expressing shock at Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s budget proposal, which would limit union’s collective bargaining powers. Opponents of the plan have been protesting at the state capitol for 21 days.

“I think that what is going on in Wisconsin is kind of madness right now,” Pfister says. “I have been a union member for 30 years and what the union has given to me is security for my family. They have given me health care in a country that doesn’t provide health care and I think unions are a very important part of the middle class in America all we are trying to do is get a decent wage and have medical care.

The very notion that thanking one's "union crew" should be called out as an interjection of politics into the ceremonies just shows how incredibly fucked up our nation has become in regards to its attitude towards organized labor. As Michael Moore tweeted early today, "Nearly every winner tonight will be a union member." So why wouldn't the winners show appreciation for their unions?

"What the union has given to me is security for my family [and] health care in a country that doesn't provide health care." Nothing sums up better what is currently at stake in Wisconsin, and in the class war that is being waged against working Americans nationwide. What's remarkable is not that an Oscar winner says this, but that it needs to be said at all.