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Trump Blames Politicization For 'Sad' Oscars Flub Moment

| by Denise Recalde

Having been taunted by 2017 Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel occasionally throughout the ceremony, President Donald Trump finally commented on the big Hollywood awards event. 

Addressing the big mix-up over the announcement of the winner of Best Picture at the Feb. 26 Oscars, Trump offered his own theory. 

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

Famed film actors Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were the official announcers of the Best Picture winner. Reading from a card that didn't pertain to the category, Dunaway announced the wrong Best Picture winner.

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When Beatty had initially opened the envelope, he looked confused as to what to do when he read the card. To end the dramatic pause, which most people thought was intentionally funny, Dunaway, unaware of what was going on, announced "La La Land" as the Best Picture winner. 

But the movie musical about two rising starlets in Los Angeles hadn't actually won. In reality, "Moonlight," a movie about the growing pains of a young black man in Miami, was the true winner.

Trump called the moment of the mix-up "a little sad."

"It took away from the glamor of the Oscars," the president said. "It didn't feel like a very glamorous evening."

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"I've been to the Oscars. There was something very special missing, and then to end that way was sad," Trump said.

Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel had provoked the president throughout the ceremony. 

The star of late night television tweeted to Trump onstage and had the audience stand up and applaud Meryl Streep for her earlier criticism of the president during her Golden Globes award acceptance speech.

The president had lambasted her and called her "overrated" in a response tweet to her speech at the Golden Globes, the Daily Mail reports.  

Kimmel tweeted #MerylSaysHi at Trump at the Oscars. 

Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, the winner of the foreign film category, did not go to the ceremony but had a representative criticize Trump's Muslim-majority seven-country travel ban in his stead at the Oscars. 

"My absence is out of respect for the people of my country and those of the other six nations who have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants to the U.S.," Farhadi said in a statement. "Dividing the world in the U.S. and 'our enemies' categories creates fear."
   
"Filmmakers can turn their cameras to capture shared human qualities and break stereotypes of various nationalities and religions," he added. "They create empathy between us and others." 

"An empathy which we need today more than ever," the director said.

Sources: Daily Mail, Breitbart News / Photo credit: ABC via AOL 

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