Dick Cheney -- or at least his story -- or at least Hollywood's take on his story -- scored big at Tuesday's Oscar nominations.
"Vice" -- a biopic about George W. Bush's former vice president, a movie that Variety's critic calls "a rollicking circus for liberals" -- was nominated for best picture Tuesday as the Academy Award nods were announced.
Also nominated were, as The Washington Post puts it, the "unrecognizable Christian Bale" as Cheney, for best actor, and Amy Adams as his wife, Lynne Cheney, for best supporting actress.
In all, "Vice" picked up eight nominations, including Adam McKay for both his direction and original screenplay. McKay's previous films include the Will Farrell comedies "Anchorman" and "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" as well as "The Big Short."
For best picture, "Vice" is in competition with ″The Favourite" (about a queen), ″Bohemian Rhapsody” (about a band called Queen), ″Black Panther" (about a king) and ″BlacKKKlansman" (about Colorado Springs) as well as “A Star Is Born,” ″Roma,” and ″Green Book."
The Oscars ceremony (still without an announced host) is slated for Feb. 24.