The accounting firm responsible for tallying Oscar votes and keeping up with envelopes containing the winners has apologized for the best-picture gaffe at the end of Sunday’s Academy Awards, but President Donald Trump believes the mixup was actually about him.
In an interview with Breitbart, one of his favored media outlets, the president said people involved with the awards show were so focused on “attacking him” that attention to detail suffered.
“I think they were focused so hard on politics that they didn’t get the act together at the end,” Trump said. “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.”
Breitbart piled on with its observation that the “awful mistake came after hours of Trump-bashing by the Hollywood elites, who hammered the president in joke after joke. Now, the president has got the last laugh as he hammers Hollywood for its epic fail.”
Actor Warren Beatty and his “Bonnie and Clyde” costar Faye Dunaway introduced the final trophy of the night, but they received the wrong envelope. Beatty had a quizzical look on his face and Dunaway announced “La La Land,” apparently having read the title.
“Hello. I want to tell you what happened: I opened the envelope and it said Emma Stone, ‘La La Land.’ I wasn’t trying to be funny,” Beatty told the audience shortly after the mixup. “This is ‘Moonlight,’ the best picture.”
In a statement released about 3 a.m. Monday, PricewaterhouseCoopers apologized for the mess.
“We sincerely apologize to “Moonlight,” “La La Land,” Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Oscar viewers for the error that was made during the award announcement for best picture,” said the statement from the firm responsible for tallying Oscar ballots and keeping up with envelopes containing winners. “The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when discovered, was immediately corrected. We are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred.
We appreciate the grace with which the nominees, the Academy, ABC, and Jimmy Kimmel handled the situation.”