Today is one of happy confluence: the banal metacommentary surrounding the Republican presidential primary contest has given way, if only fleetingly, to very similar metacommentary about the Oscars. The process is tedious! The speeches suck! Predictions are useless! I say the nation’s political reporters give themselves the day off, and humbly suggest a few multipurpose quotes that can pull double duty. Most are from analyses of the nominations, but a couple are from reviews of the films themselves, and describe the fictional worlds they create—it’s been said, after all, that politics is just Hollywood for rich white people. Or something like that.