During the 2010 election, the leader's debate was rescheduled to avoid a clash with reality TV's night of nights, the MasterChef final. It was a win for those with balanced political and pop-cultural tastes.
But today, no such courtesy was given by the Labor party who held their leadership ballot at the same time as the Academy Awards, sending remote controls around the nation into overdrive flicking between the two and flooding social media feeds with #Respill and #Oscars posts.
Though the glamour-factor was in great contrast, the two events did have a few things in common. On the red carpet in LA and in the halls of Parliament House in Canberra, journalists and photographers scrambled to grab quotes from the main players, asking who they were tipping. And in each event, the public was denied a voice; the deciding panels were made up mostly of middle-aged men in suits.
That doesn't mean we can't have a say. But rather than sending ourselves cross-eyed trying to keep up with both events, we thought it best to roll them into one.
Here are our official nominations for The Australian Women's Weekly Spill Awards:
Best actor in a leading role: