File this one under “fake news.” A whopping 78% of our readers say that President Donald Trump was wrong when he declared that the Oscar 2017 mistake was because of politics. “I think they were focused so hard on politics that they didn’t get the act together at the end,” Trump said yesterday. Those 78% of people instead side with the Oscar accountants who confessed to handing out the wrong envelope which resulted in “La La Land” mistakenly being named the winner instead of “Moonlight.”
Also in our poll, 14% of responders agreed with Trump, voting that politics was to blame for the Best Picture mix-up because “Hollywood is so liberal.” Meanwhile, the other 8% of voters were still “unsure” and needed more evidence before they could make a decision. What do YOU think? Be sure to sound off in the comments section below.
Many people are comparing the come-from-behind victory of “Moonlight” to Trump’s own surprise victory in the presidential election. In both cases, the presumed frontrunner — Hillary Clinton for president and “La La Land” for Best Picture — lost thanks to a convoluted voting procedure. While Clinton actually earned more of the popular vote than Trump but lost because of the electoral college, “Moonlight” beat “La La Land” thanks to the Best Picture voting process of the preferential ballot.
Still emotional about the Best Picture mix-up? President Trump is, too. He added, “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.”
The statement from PwC, which has handled the Oscar ballot counting for the last 83 years, reads: “We apologize to the entire cast and crew of “La La Land” and “Moonlight” whose experience was profoundly altered by this error. We salute the tremendous grace they displayed under the circumstances. To all involved — including our presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, the filmmakers, and our fans watching worldwide — we apologize.”