“It was a little sad,” President Donald Trump told Breitbart News today about the Oscar mix-up that resulted in “La La Land” being mistakenly named the Best Picture winner instead of “Moonlight,” something the internet has dubbed Envelopegate. “I think they were focused so hard on politics that they didn’t get the act together at the end,” the President of the United States continued. “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.”
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We were expecting a political night at the 2017 Oscars, but it ended up not being too politically charged, despite the President’s assertion. Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel did take several jabs directly at Trump, while other winners and presenters chose to refrain from creating a stir. Mahershala Ali (“Moonlight”), who won Best Supporting Actor, became the first Muslim to win an Oscar for acting and even he chose not to discuss politics in his speech.
However, there was an explicit rebuke of Trump in the speech given by Anousheh Ansari on behalf of the Best Foreign Language Film winner “The Salesman,” from Iran. “Salesman” director Asghar Farhadi notably boycotted the Oscars to protest Trump’s Muslim ban, and so Ansari read a statement from Farhadi addressing the immigration ban. And later in the evening, presenter Gael Garcia Bernal spoke out against a building a wall.