US President Donald Trump has said the embarrassing mix-up at the 2017 Academy Awards was caused by an overt focus on political issues.
At the tail-end of the ceremony on Sunday, the best picture category was wrongly awarded to La La Land before it was announced that Moonlight was the actual winner.
Trump said Hollywood was busy taking jibes at him and as such, forgot to package a hitch-free show.
The US President said this during an Oval Office interview with conservative website Breitbart News.
Noting that the organisers “were focused so hard on politics”, Trump told the website that it was a sad ending to what was not a glamorous evening.
“It was a little sad. It took away from the glamour of the Oscars,” he said.
“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 website Trump granted the interview was previously managed by Steve Bannon, his current chief White House strategist.
PriceWaterHouseCoopers, the auditing firm behind the mix-up, apologised shortly after the event.
Tim Ryan, the firm’s US chairman and senior partner, said the individual behind the mix-up “feels very, very terrible and horrible. He is very upset about this mistake. And it is also my mistake, our mistake, and we all feel very bad”.
“We clearly made a mistake and once the mistake was made we corrected it and owned up to it,” he had said.
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