Leonardo DiCaprio set Gore up magnicently. “Do you have anything to announce?” DiCaprio asked. “I’m here for the movies,” Gore replied.
It was the smart play. Take advantage of the limelight. Bask in it. Then take the high road. The gag of having Gore begin to make an announcement and then cut off by the music allowed the former vice president to both make fun of himself and seem human. Plus, it keeps the drama and the speculation alive.