Will Hollywood still shower the love on Obama?

December 31, 2011 - 4:41 AM
Hollywood Obama

FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2007 file photo, then-Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., reacts as Oprah Winfrey introduces him to the crowd at a rally in Manchester, N.H. Hollywood, as everyone knows, loves the Next Big Thing. And four years ago, Barack Obama was certainly that: a political supernova, the equivalent of a sudden breakout movie star. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Hollywood loves the Next Big Thing. And four years ago, Barack Obama was certainly that: a political supernova, the equivalent of a breakout movie star.

But you can't be the Next Big Thing twice. And so, with the 2012 vote less than a year away, there's clearly a different mood in heavily Democratic Hollywood: less gushing, not to mention snippets of criticism. The most prominent has come from actor Matt Damon, who campaigned for Obama last time but now makes no secret of his disillusionment.

The adulation of the 2008 election may be significantly muted among Hollywood liberals, as with liberals elsewhere. But Obama supporters say the nation's attention has been on the battling Republicans and that when there's a GOP nominee, the Democratic base will be energized.