Barack Obama's election as America's 44th President was a milestone in many, many ways - but did it really help The Dark Knight get closer to an Oscar win for Best Picture? We're not convinced, but that's what Entertainment Weekly is claiming, in one of the more unexpected examples of fallout from Tuesday's election.In a post on the magazine's "Oscar Watch" blog called "How Obama helps Batman," EW writer Dave Karger puts forward the following theory:

I thought the sequence involving the two ferries (in which a group of commuters and a group of convicts have the power to blow up each others' boats but don't) was a bit too reality-show-ish for my taste. But I know most viewers loved it. Either way, that part of the film speaks to the innate goodness of human behavior. And let's remember that Oscar ballots are due next January 12, just a week before Barack Obama is inaugurated. It's safe to say most Hollywood types will also see that event as an example of innate human goodness. All of this only helps The Dark Knight's chances, don't you think?


In a word... No. Sorry, Dave, but I have the strangest feeling that, when Academy members are considering whether The Dark Knight deserves an Oscar nod or not, they won't be thinking "Well, now that Obama is trying to bring hope to this country, that reminds me of that part where the two boatloads of people fail to blow themselves up." Or maybe that's just me. The Audacity Of Joke image by James Lillis. How Obama Helps Batman [EW Oscar Watch]