Following the appearance by Clint Eastwood at Thursday night’s Republican National Convention, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has demanded that the legendary actor and director return the four Oscars he won for his films, "Unforgiven" and "Million Dollar Baby."
"According to long-standing Academy rules, our members can only speak out against Republican presidents," Academy president Howard Koch, Jr. told Hollywood & Swine (www.hollywoodandswine.com). "To make matters worse, he forgot to plug his new film, 'Trouble With the Curve.' "
According to an Academy source, when news was leaked that a famous Oscar winner was going to be on stage talking to an empty chair, most members of the Academy assumed it was going to be eccentric right-winger Jon Voight. When it was finally revealed that it was actually the highly respected Clint Eastwood, one of the Academy's favorites, Hollywood was horrified.
But as word quickly spread about the Academy's request for Eastwood to return his Oscars, conservatives across America -- led by talk radio host Rush Limbaugh -- were outraged, causing the Academy to quickly backpedal and reverse their position.
"It’s absolutely untrue that asking Clint Eastwood to give back his Awards was politically motivated," said Koch. “The reason we asked for his Oscars back is because we finally watched an episode of his terrible reality show 'Mrs. Eastwood and Company.' "