Trump blames Oscars fail on show's political tone

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Los Angeles - President Donald Trump said Monday the chaos that erupted at the end of the Oscars was due to Hollywood obsessing about him rather than concentrating on running a smooth show.

In an Oval Office interview with conservative website Breitbart News, Trump said Oscars organizers had taken their eyes off the ball because they "were focused so hard on politics."

"It was a little sad. It took away from the glamour of the Oscars," he told the site, which was previously managed by Steve Bannon, who now serves as Trump's chief White House strategist.

"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."

Read also: 'Moonlight' wins best picture after 'La La Land' mistakenly announced as winner

2017 Oscar winners

  • "Moonlight" won the Oscar for best picture on Sunday, beating favorite "La La Land" for the movie industry's most prestigious award.
  • But in a highly unusual mishap, presenter Warren Beatty first, mistakenly initially announced that musical "La La Land" had won.
  • The mistake caused confusion and uproar on Hollywood's biggest night. Beatty said he had been given the wrong envelope to open.
  • Hollywood legends Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were entrusted with the task of announcing the best picture award.
  • La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz showing the envelope reading "Moonlight" as Best Picture.
  • "La La Land" director Damien Chazelle, 32, became the youngest person to ever win a best director Oscar.
  • It was the first Academy Award for Chazelle, 32, who was the favorite going into Sunday's ceremony after winning Directors Guild and Golden Globe awards earlier this year.
  • Emma Stone won her first Oscar on Sunday for her lead role as a struggling actress who falls in love with a jazz musician in musical romance "La La Land."
  • The actress beat previous Oscar-winners Natalie Portman and Meryl Streep as well as France's Isabelle Huppert and Irish-Ethiophian Ruth Negga for the accolade.
  • Casey Affleck won the best actor Oscar on Sunday for his role as a grief-stricken father in family drama "Manchester by the Sea."
  • It was the first Oscar for Affleck, 41, the younger brother of "Argo" director and actor Ben Affleck.
  • Two black film stars took the early acting honors, with Viola Davis winning best supporting actress for her role in Fences.
  • "O captain! My captain! Denzel Washington, thank you for putting two entities in the driving seat – August and God. And they served you well," she said, appropriating a verse from US writer Walt Whitman.
  • Heavily-backed favorite Mahershala Ali won the best supporting actor Oscar on Sunday for his portrayal of a drug dealer in coming-of-age drama "Moonlight".
  • He became the first Muslim film star to pick up a golden statuette.
  • Acting winners Mahershala Ali, Emma Stone, Viola Davis and Casey Affleck with their Oscars.
  • Colleen Atwood poses with the Oscar for Best Costume Design.
  • NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson (C) and director Ezra Edelman (R) and producer Caroline Waterlow (L), winners of Best Documentary Feature for 'O.J.: Made in America'.
  • Alessandro Bertolazzi (R), Giorgio Gregorini (C) and Christopher Nelson (L) poses with the Oscar for Best Makeup and Hairstyling.
  • Sylvain Bellemare poses with the Oscar for Best Sound Editing.
  • Sound mixers Peter Grace, Robert Mackenzie, Kevin O'Connell and Andy Wright with their Oscars for 'Hacksaw Ridge'.
  • US director Ezra Edelman (R) and producer Caroline Waterlow pose with the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature award for "O.J. Made In America".
  • Co-directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore and producer Clark Spencer, winners of the Best Animated Feature Film award for 'Zootopia'.
  • Production designer David Wasco and art director Sandy Reynolds-Wasco, winners of Best Production Design for 'La La Land'.
  • Visual effects artists Dan Lemmon, Andrew R. Jones, Adam Valdez and Robert Legato, winners of Best Visual Effects for 'The Jungle Book'.

Trump's comments came after Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty mistakenly presented the best picture statuette at the climax of the ceremony to "La La Land," when "Moonlight" was the real winner.

The mixup, which made for a chaotic end to ABC's telecast of the show, has been described as one of the most embarrassing moments in Oscars history.

With the dust settling on the controversy, the finger of blame has settled on PricewaterhouseCoopers partner Brian Cullinan, who was responsible, along with colleague Martha Ruiz, for ensuring that each awards presenter was handed the correct envelope.

Cullinan pulled the envelope that was supposed to be for best picture winner from the wrong pile, the company said.

"He is very upset about this mistake. And it is also my mistake, our mistake and we all feel very bad," said Tim Ryan, PwC's US chairman, according to trade magazine Variety.

Trump had been the target of light-hearted jokes and serious derision throughout the night as Oscar-winners railed against his immigration policies.

Host Jimmy Kimmel trolled the Republican via Twitter during the live broadcast and mocked the commander-in-chief's criticism of screen icon Meryl Streep.

"I want to say thank you to President Trump. Remember last year when it seemed like the Oscars were racist? That's gone, thanks to him!" Kimmel scoffed.

Trump doesn't explain in the interview why he thinks the jokes at his expense led to the unrelated error, and it is unclear if he watched the show.

Breitbart, one of several news outlets favored by America's white nationalist extremist fringe, said the comments came in a lengthy interview covering health care, tax cuts, immigration and a variety of other topics.

Breitbart said the mixup came after what it called "hours of Trump-bashing by the Hollywood elites."

"Now, the president has got the last laugh as he hammers Hollywood for its epic fail," it added.

2017 Oscars' red carpet

  • Jackie Chan.
  • Photo: Michael Yada, A.M.P.A.S.
  • Shivering weather greeted celebrities on the Oscars red carpet on Sunday but cloudy skies and the threat of rain failed to dampen spirits ahead of the movie industry's biggest night.
  • American Idol host Ryan Seacrest.
  • Andrew Garfield, who is nominated for Hacksaw Ridge.
  • "Loving" supporting actress nominee Ruth Negga was also among the early arrivals in Hollywood.
  • Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo arrives on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars.
  • Actress Hailee Steinfeld poses on the red carpet.
  • Singer John Legend and model Chrissy Teigen.
  • Actress Teresa Palmer.
  • Model Karlie Kloss on the red carpet.
  • Actress Taraji P. Henson, who starred in Best Picture nominated Hidden Figures, wore a navy off-the-shoulder velvet gown.
  • Kirsten Dunst. Photo: Mike Baker, A.M.P.A.S.
  • US actress and singer Janelle Monae poses as she arrives on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.
  • Leslie Mann. Photo: Mike Baker, A.M.P.A.S.
  • Actor Dev Patel and guest.
  • Nominee for Best Actor "La La Land" Ryan Gosling arrives on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.
  • Nominee for Best Supporting Actress "Manchester By The Sea" Michelle Williams arrive on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.
  • Nominees for Best Make-Up and Hairstyling "A Man Called Ove" Eva von Bahr and Love Larson arrive on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.
  • Nominees for Best Short Film (Live Action) "La Femme Et le TGV" Timo von Gunten and Giacun Caduff arrive on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.
  • Nominees for Best Music (Original Song) "Can't Stop The Feeling" from Trolls Justin Timberlake and his wife US actress Jessica Biel arrive on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.
  • Nominees for Best Documentary Feature "Fire At Sea" Gianfranco Rosi and Donatella Palermo arrive on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.
  • Nominees for Best Documentary Short "The White Helmets" Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara arrive on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California
  • Nominee for Best Director "Arrival" Denis Villeneuve arrives with a guest on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.
  • Nominee for Best Supporting Actor "Moonlight" Mahershala Ali arrives on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.
  • Nominee for Best Actor in "Manchester By The Sea" Casey Affleck poses as he arrives on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.
  • Nominee for Best Supporting Actor "Hell or High Water" Jeff Bridges (R) and Susan Geston arrive on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.
  • Nominee for Best Supporting Actress "Fences" Viola Davis and her husband Julius Tennon arrive on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.
  • Nominee for Best Supporting Actress "Moonlight" Naomie Harris arrives on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.
  • Nominee for Best Documentary Feature "13th" Ava DuVernay, Spencer Averick and Howard Barish arrives on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.
  • Nominee for Best Actor "Hacksaw Ridge" Andrew Garfield arrives on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.
  • Teresa Palmer arrives on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.
  • Sofia Boutella arrives on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.
  • Aldis Hodge arrives on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.
  • Raphaela Neihausen arrives on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.
  • Brianna Perez arrives on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California
  • Auli'i Cravalho arrives on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.
  • Actress Halle Berry arrives on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.
  • Taraji P. Henson arrives on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.
  • Nominee for Best Short Film (Live Action) "Timecode" Juanjo Giménez (R) and his guest arrive on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.
  • Nominee for Best Visual Effects "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" Mohen Leo (L) arrives on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.
  • Nominee for Best Actor "Fences" Denzel Washington arrives on the red carpet with his wife Pauletta for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.
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