Trump says 'sad' Oscars mix-up due to focus on politics

Along with M Night Shyamalan and PricewaterhouseCooper (PwC), US President Donald Trump is now somewhat claiming responsibility for the biggest stuff-up in Oscars history.

At the 89th Academy Awards, odds-on favourite La La Land was wrongly called out as the Best Picture winner, before during the acceptance speech the real winner - Moonlight - was announced.

Trump and his controversial policies were often referred to during the ceremony, with the former Celebrity Apprentice host even tweeted at on a large screen by host Jimmy Kimmel - but he remained uncharacteristically silent on his own Twitter account.

But in an interview with far-right website Breitbart, Trump has now responded, suggesting the Best Picture flub happened because those at the ceremony were thinking too much about him.

"I think they were focused so hard on politics that they didn't get the act together at the end," Mr Trump 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."

Early in the ceremony, Kimmel made fun of Trump's "fake news" comments and his criticism of Meryl Streep, one of the most celebrated actresses of all time. He also predicted the billionaire real estate tycoon would "tweet about [the Oscars] in all caps during his 5am bowel movement tomorrow".

Meanwhile, the PwC employee responsible for handing the wrong envelope to presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, causing the Best Picture mistake, has been identified.

Brian Cullinan was standing stage-side at the Dolby Theatre and accidentally handed the presenters the 'back-up' envelope for Best Actress, instead of the correct Best Picture envelope.

PwC has issued a formal apology over the incident, with US chairman and senior partner Tim Ryan saying Mr Cullinan "feels very, very terrible and horrible".

Trump still hasn't tweeted about the Oscars - but in 2014, he took to Twitter to slam the awards ceremony as "bullshit".


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