Donald Trump has lots to say about Hollywood but won’t be tuning in to its biggest night of the year, the 89th annual Academy Awards. At least not as the Oscars go out live on ABC on Sunday, Feb. 26. Turns out that the president will be too busy hosting the annual governors ball at the White House.
That news comes courtesy of White House press secretary Sean Spicer who was asked Wednesday if Trump would would be watching the Oscars to see if any stars spoke out against him. Remember, he has form for this, calling out Meryl Streep, who inveighed against him during her acceptance speech at the Golden Globes. He dubbed this three-time Oscar winner, who was being feted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement, as “overrated.”
By way of explanation for Trump not being one of the millions that will catch the Oscars live, Spicer said, “The first lady has put a lot of time into this event, welcoming our nation’s governors to the capital. I have a feeling that’s where the president and first lady are going to be focused on Sunday night.” And he dismissed the importance of the Academy Awards thus, “I think Hollywood is known for being rather far to the left in its opinions.”
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