‘IT’S A LITTLE SAD’: Trump makes Oscars bungle all about him
OSCARS officials are still scratching their heads as to how the monumental stuff up occurred at yesterday's Academy Awards, but Donald Trump believes he has the answer.
It happened, according to the President, because Hollywood's elite were too busy mocking him to pay attention to the finer details on the night.
"I think they were focused so hard on politics that they didn't get the act together at the end," Trump said to Breitbart News.
"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 US President slammed the Oscars in the exclusive interview with Breitbart, a far right website that was formerly run by his chief strategist, Steve Bannon.
Mr Trump was the butt of several jokes throughout the ceremony, with host Jimmy Kimmel cracking four gags about the President in his opening monologue.
"This broadcast is being watched live by millions of Americans and around the world in more than 225 countries that now hate us," Kimmel said.
"Maybe this is not a popular thing to say, but I want to say thank you to President Trump. I mean, remember last year when it seemed like the Oscars were racist? That's gone, thanks to him."
Kimmel also poked fun at Trump's habit of tweeting at odd hours: "Some of you will get to come up here on this stage tonight and give a speech that the President of the United States will tweet about in all caps during his 5am bowel movement tomorrow."
And he encouraged everyone inside the Dolby Theatre to give Meryl Streep a standing ovation as a show of support after the legendary actress was labelled the "most overrated actresses in Hollywood" by Donald Trump after her Golden Globes speech in January.
"We are here tonight to honour great actors, but we're also here to honour actors who seem great, but actually really aren't," Kimmel said.
"And of all the great actors here in Hollywood, one in particular has stood the test of time for her many uninspiring and overrated performances. From her mediocre early work in The Deer Hunter and Out of Africa, to her underwhelming performances in Kramer vs. Kramer and Sophie's Choice, Meryl Streep has phoned it in for more than 50 films over the course of her lacklustre career."
Later in the ceremony Kimmel again brought up the president, telling the crowd: "You know, we're more than two hours into the show and Donald Trump hasn't tweeted at us once ... I'm starting to get worried about him."
The host had the audience in stitches as he sent two tweets to the President on stage, writing "Hey @realDonaldTrump u up?" and "@realDonaldTrump #Merylsayshi".
Kimmel wasn't the only one having a dig at the President though. Several winners on the night used their acceptance speeches to criticise Mr Trump's policies.
Most notably Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, who won the Oscar for best foreign language film, chose not to attend the awards in person and instead had Iranian-born US astronaut Anousheh Ansari read out a statement on his behalf.
"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 US," the statement read.
"Dividing the world into the US and 'our enemies' categories creates fear. A deceitful justification for aggression and war.
"Filmmakers can turn their cameras to capture shared human qualities and break stereotypes of various nationalities and religions. They create empathy between us and others. An empathy which we need today more than ever."