Vice President Joe Biden is giving Hollywood a lot of love this week. On Tuesday, he surprised a Washington DC screening of Tine Fey’s upcoming Whiskey Tango Foxtrot and now he’s going to the Oscars. The Veep is scheduled to attend Sunday’s Academy Awards and introduce Lady Gaga’s performance of “Til It Happens to You” from the documentary The Hunting Ground.
The Diane Warren co-authored nominated song from the controversial Kirby Dick directed and Amy Ziering produced docu about campus sexual assault highlights the cause of stopping such attacks that Biden has advocated for years in the administration’s It’s On Us campaign. The issue is not even that recent a concern to Biden. As a Senator, he was one of the primary authors of the 1994 Violence Against Women Act.
With the Oscars as a very well watched platform, the VP is expected to address the well heeled audience in the Dolby Theatre about the issue. He will also ask the TV audience to get involved with the personal responsibility aims of It’s On Us and to go to ItsOnUs.org to learn more, an insider tells me.
Biden is in California this week to give a speech at the state’s Democratic Convention in San Jose. While he’ll be surrounded by Hollywood on Sunday, no word if the Veep will be meeting with disappointed industry power players who still dream of him making a last ditch Presidential campaign of his own. After months of speculation, Biden announced last fall that he would not run for the White House this year.