Trump blames Oscars bungle on Hollywood’s politics obsession

A press conference end Trump's frenetic day.

A press conference end Trump's frenetic day. Photo: Getty

United States President Donald Trump has blamed the bizarre end to Monday’s Academy Awards ceremony on the entertainment industry’s obsession with politics.

Speaking to right-wing news website Breitbart, Mr Trump seemed to suggest La La Land was mistakenly announced as Best Picture – instead of eventual winner Moonlight – because the ceremony was “focused so hard on politics that they didn’t get the act together at the end”.

“It was a little sad,” Mr Trump said. “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.”

The bungle has made headlines all over the world and has been described as the most shocking moment in Oscars’ history.

The mishap occurred becuase the wrong envelope was handed to the Best Picture award announcers Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway.

Many of the ceremony’s presenters and its host, Jimmy Kimmel, dedicated their time on stage at the Oscars to poking fun at and denouncing Mr Trump and his polices.

It was the back up envelope for the Best Actress category, which had moment before been awarded to Emma Stone for La La Land.

Price Waterhouse Coopers – the accounting firm charged with looking after Oscars votes – has since apologised for the mistake.

Watch the Best Picture debacle

The fiercely pro-Trump publication, Breitbart, finished its article with no doubt about how it saw the Oscars fiasco and the President’s ensuing comments though.

“Now, the president has got the last laugh as he hammers Hollywood for its epic fail,” the article wrote.

Mr Trump also renewed his attack on the New York Times in the interview, telling Breitbart the esteemed masthead was “so evil”.

“If you read the New York Times, if you read the New York Times, it’s—the intent is so evil and so bad,” Mr Trump said.

“The stories are wrong in many cases, but it’s the overall intent. Look at that paper over the last two years. In fact, they had to write a letter of essentially apology to their subscribers because they got the election so wrong.”

Mr Trump has repeatedly attacked traditional news media outlets like CNN, the New York Times and the Washington Post for their coverage of his political career.


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