Why WAS Dennis Kucinich At The Oscars?

Yes, that was the former representative from Ohio’s 10th District on the red carpet — and everyone wants to know why.

One of the biggest surprises on the red carpet at Sunday’s Oscars was the fact that Dennis Kucinich was there. There were LOTS of jokes on Twitter, but seriously — what was the former Representative from the great state of Ohio (his last term ended in January) doing at the Dolby Theater?

His pre-show tweet from the limo, while adorable, offered no clues.

On our way to the #Oscars…

— Dennis Kucinich (@Dennis_Kucinich) February 24, 2013

…A better indication might have been walking down the red carpet just before Kucinich and his wife:

Lucas Jackson / Reuters

…NewsCorp CEO Rupert Murdoch and his wife, Wendi Deng. In January, Fox News announced that it had signed the notoriously liberal two-time presidential nominee to a multiyear deal.

Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes said in a statement released by Fox at the time, “I’ve always been impressed with Rep. Kucinich’s fearlessness and thoughtfulness about important issues. His willingness to take a stand from his point of view makes him a valuable voice in our country’s debate.”

BuzzFeed has reached out to both Kucinich and Fox News and will update with the details.

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