Baghdad Burning: "Now I've seen the nominees- we see them every year- and I've come to a conclusion- Iraqis need an award show. While the Hollywood glitterati make good entertainers, our local super stars, Hakeem, Jaffari, Talabani, Allawi et al. make GREAT entertainers. This last year we�ve seen several dramas unfold and our political leaders have been riveting!
So, not to be outdone by Barbara Walters and Oprah Winfrey- we bring you the Baghdad Burning Oscar Special!! Except, for our award show I suggest we change the name of the little statuette from Oscar to something more local and familiar. (Oscar is too close in pronunciation to the Arabic word "Iskar" which means "get drunk". Should we use "Oscar" I fear the award show would be hijacked by Sadr's religious militia, hence I would like to suggest the "Sayid" Awards!)
Ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, we bring you the nominees for the 2006 Sayid Awards!"