Monday, May 20, 2024

Hunter Biden’s Performance as Eddie Haskell on “CBS Sunday Morning” is a “Beautiful Thing,” May Alter Oscar Race for Best Actor


Hunter Biden has suddenly jumped out front in the Oscar race. After his performance on “CBS Sunday Morning” this morning, Hunter’s work as Eddie Haskell (look it up, kids) may push him past Chadwick Boseman and Anthony Hopkins for an Academy Award.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Joe Biden, and Jill Biden. I support his presidency totally. But this whole campaign to rehab Hunter with this book, “Beautiful Things,” is a hoot. Whoever set up that segment on “Sunday Morning” today deserves the PR award of the century.

Indeed, the whole book idea is great. The idea is to admit everything, cry a lot, and get everyone’s sympathy. If he’d just stayed quiet and in the background, I wouldn’t have given Hunter another thought. But this campaign is so cynical, I burst out laughing.

Also, really a segment lasting nine minutes and 44 seconds in which not a serious question is asked is the last straw. And since he’s offering his personal life up for inspection, what happened to the woman he had a baby with, didn’t want to take responsibility while he was dating his sister-in-law? I really wanted Tracy Smith to ask him about all that. Plus, his new wife and baby. If you’re not going to get into his business life, at least talk about that.

Oh, Eddie Haskell. Without a doubt.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

Read more

In Other News