According to the White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, our republican President Donald Trump will not be watching the Oscars, this Sunday night (2/26/17) because he is scheduled to host the Governors’ dinner.
But does anyone really believe that the president won’t figure out a way to watch at least portions of the Oscar’s show? And will he be able to resist at least one tweet.
And yes, I am expecting politics to be front and center at the Oscars, as the stars make their presentations and the winners do their acceptance speeches. The host Jimmy Kimmel is bound to say something.
The politics had already began with the announcement of a NY Times ad scheduled to be shown during the Oscar performances.
As per the 2/26/17 LA Times by Mary McNamara, “An ad for the New York Times, scheduled to run during Sunday night’s Oscars, has already drawn the ire of President Trump. The 30-second spot, which focuses on the nature of truth, was released online after the New York Times and other outlets, including the Los Angeles Times, were barred from a White House press briefing. As if on cue, the president responded with a derogatory tweet, calling the spot a “bad” attempt to save what he considers the paper’s “failing reputation.”
Adam Epstein on a 2/24/17 QUARTZ post, details tidbits about the president’s past tweets and analysis of the Oscars.
Excerpts from “Donald Trump on the Oscars: “They’re “just terrible” and should be hosted by Donald Trump:”
“On the red carpet in 2012, TV host Ryan Seacrest was interviewing comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, who was in character promoting his movie The Dictator, when Cohen pretended to accidentally spill an urn filled with the “ashes” of recently deceased North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il all over Seacrest. Always a professional, Seacrest played it cool and shrugged off the prank, but Donald Trump would not so quickly forget it.”
“Trump posted a video onto his YouTube channel attacking the “disgraceful” Cohen, and also apparently taking issue with how the security guard responded to the situation. Trump’s rant quickly devolves into a violent fantasy about Cohen being punched in the face so many times that he’s sent to the hospital.”
Donald Trump: Oscars after-party analyst
In that same video, Trump offers his thoughts on Vanity Fair’s post-Oscars party, which he did not attend. Trump says it was “boring” and that “people were sleeping” and “there was no good feeling.”
“He then contends that the “boring” party was “symblomatic” (which is not a word) of the magazine’s declining stature.
Django Unchained was “racist”
“After the 2013 ceremony, Trump phoned into the daily morning Fox News program Fox & Friends to gift the world his thoughts on the Oscars telecast the night before.”
“Trump’s chief criticism was that Quentin Tarantino’s slavery revenge film Django Unchained was “probably one of the most racist movies I’ve ever seen.” Trump does not explain what he found racist in the film.”
But Trump doesn’t just review the Oscar-nominated films—he reviews the event as a whole. Also in that appearance on Fox & Friends, Trump calls the 2013 telecast and its set: “very average,” “okay,” “tacky,” and “terrible.”
In subsequent years, Trump lambasted everything from the stage design to the singing to the annual “In Memoriam” segment.
A logical take on Argo
Hidden among Trump’s years of piping hot Oscars takes is one criticism that actually made some sense. Trump was very upset that Ben Affleck, who acted in and directed Argo, did not receive a nomination for best director, despite his film winning best picture. It’s fairly sound logic—did Argo direct itself?—and Trump is not the only one who felt Affleck was snubbed.
Complaints about non-Americans working in Hollywood
“Trump is at his xenophobic best when talking about the Oscars. He was critical of English actor Daniel Day-Lewis’s performance as US president Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, mostly because he thought the actor’s accent was detectable.”
“He’s not from this country,” Trump complained on Fox & Friends in 2012. “I don’t think Lincoln had an English accent, to the best of my knowledge.”
“And then Trump went from pundit to historian: “Lincoln never sounded like that,” he said. “I just don’t think that Lincoln behaved like that. But Trump seemed certain about the president’s vocal cadence. Actual historians aren’t so sure.”
“A few years later, in 2015, Trump expressed his resentment at people from foreign countries winning awards. Birdman director Alejandro González Iñárritu took home three awards, a fact that caused Trump some annoyance.”
“It was a great night for Mexico, as usual,” Trump said, again on Fox & Friends the morning after the Oscars that year. “Was it that good? I don’t hear that.”