U.S President Donald Trump has blamed the 2017 Oscars blunder on Hollywood’s misguided focus on politics. President Trump was the subject of several jokes made by host Jimmy Kimmel, and was criticized by winners on the awards night.
In an interview with Breitbart News, the US President said; “It was a little sad. It took away from the glamour of the Oscars. It didn’t feel like a very glamorous evening.
“I’ve been to the Oscars. There was something very special missing, and then to end that way was sad.”
On Sunday night, in a very conspicuous blunder, presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway mistakenly announced that “La La Land” had won best picture.
But the audience were left in shock when “La La Land” producer Jordan Horowitz revealed moments later that “Moonlight” had actually won.
Photos later confirmed that Beatty and Dunaway were accidentally handed the envelope containing the winner for best actress in a leading role.
The mix-up has been blamed on the Academy Awards’ accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. In a second apology issued on Monday, the firm cited PwC partner Brian Cullinan for the error and apologised to everyone involved in the embarrassing blunder that was played out on national television.
“PwC takes full responsibility for the series of mistakes and breaches of established protocols during last night’s Oscars,” the new statement said.
“PwC partner Brian Cullinan mistakenly handed the back-up envelope for Actress in a Leading Role instead of the envelope for Best Picture to presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway.
“Once the error occurred, protocols for correcting it were not followed through quickly enough by Mr Cullinan or his partner.”
In an interview, an Academy spokesperson Teni Melidonian said they have essentially launched a review of the entire process that happens backstage and the way PwC has been handling the envelopes and how they are carried out at the ceremony.
The awards night was one of jabs and jokes aimed at Trump. Hollywood’s distaste for the conservative President was on full display, as actors made multiple references to the politician’s actions on issues like immigration during the first month of his administration.
In his opening monologue, host Jimmy Kimmel said; “I want to say thank you to President Trump, I mean, remember last year when it seemed like the Oscars were racist?”
Kimmel also joked about Trump’s travel ban and stance on immigration, saying; “we don’t discriminate against people based on where they’re from. We discriminate against them based on their age and weight.” He also tweeted at Trump live on air during the awards ceremony.
Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal, who presented the Oscar for Best Animated Film, also criticized Trump’s plan for a wall on the US border with Mexico. She said;
“Flesh and blood actors are migrant workers. We travel all over the world, we construct stories, we build life that cannot be divided.
“As a Mexican, as a Latin American, as a migrant worker, as a human being, I’m against any form of wall that wants to separate us.”