President Donald Trump said the dramatic mix-up on the announcement of best picture at Sunday night’s Oscars was caused by the focus on politics.
“I think they were focused so hard on politics that they didn’t get the act together at the end,” Trump said Monday in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News. “It was a little sad. It took away from the glamour of the Oscars.”
“La La Land” was originally announced as best picture, the night’s biggest award, when “Moonlight” won instead.
“It didn’t feel like a very glamorous evening,” Trump said. “I’ve been to the Oscars. There was something very special missing, and then to end that way was sad.”
Accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers apologized for the mix-up, which was caused when presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were given the wrong envelope. Beatty was given the envelope saying Emma Stone had won best actress for her role in “La La Land” instead of the correct envelope that said “Moonlight” had won.
Politics was at the forefront of the event, with host Jimmy Kimmel calling Trump a racist and implying hundreds of countries “now hate us.” He also joked that Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs is “a rare president, a president who believes in both arts and sciences.”
Iranian director Asghar Farhadi won the best foreign language film category for “The Salesman” but boycotted the ceremony due to Trump’s travel ban which impacted seven Muslim-majority countries.
“I’m sorry I’m not with you tonight, my absence is out of respect for the people of my country,” Farhadi said in a statement read at the ceremony. “Dividing the world into the ‘us’ and ‘our enemies’ category, creates fear.”