President Donald Trump targeted Hollywood and the Academy Awards during his Colorado campaign rally, blasting the choice of a foreign film for the top honor.
Besides his scorching assessment of the Democratic debate Wednesday, the president unloaded on the Oscars awarded earlier this month, questioning why the South Korean film “Parasite” won the Academy Award for Best Picture.
“By the way, how bad were the Academy Awards this year, did you see it? ‘And the winner is a movie from South Korea,'” Trump said mockingly Thursday night during a rally in Colorado Springs.
“What the hell was that all about? We’ve got enough problems with South Korea with trade, on top of it they give them the best movie of the year?” he asked as the crowd booed.
“Was it good? I don’t know,” Trump wondered about the history-making Oscar as “Parasite” became the first non-English-language film to win the Best Picture award. The movie, filmed entirely in Korean, was played with English subtitles in the U.S.
“Let’s get ‘Gone with the Wind’, can we get ‘Gone with the Wind’ back, please? Sunset Boulevard? So many great movies,” the president continued, referring to American film classics like the 1939 epic “Gone with the Wind” which garnered eight Oscars.
“The winner is from South Korea. I thought it was best foreign film. Best foreign movie,” he added. “No, it was the best. Did this ever happen before?”
The film also took away the award for best director and best original screenplay, as well as being nominated for best production design and best film editing. Following the awards show, South Korean President Moon Jae-in reportedly kicked off a staff meeting with applause for “Parasite,” NBC News reported.
“Parasite has moved the hearts of people around the world with a most uniquely Korean story,” he said in a congratulations statement.
— The Office of President Moon Jae-in (@TheBlueHouseENG) February 10, 2020
Independent film distributor, Neon, fired back at Trump’s criticism with a tweet saying, “Understandable, he can’t read.”
— NEON (@neonrated) February 21, 2020
The Democratic National Committee also slammed the president’s remarks.
“Parasite is a foreign movie about how oblivious the ultra-rich are about the struggles of the working class, and it requires two hours of reading subtitles,” the committee tweeted. “Of course Trump hates it.”
The president did not just call out the Best Picture award, but also took a shot at Brad Pitt, who received the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor and criticized Republicans in his acceptance speech.
“Then you have Brad Pitt, I was never a big fan of his,” Trump said. “A wise guy. He is a little wise guy.”
Pitt used his speech time to make a snarky comment about how the Senate voted not to allow witnesses to testify at Trump’s impeachment trial.
“They told me you only have 45 seconds up here, which is 45 seconds more than the Senate gave John Bolton this week,” the 56-year-old actor said, referring to the former national security adviser. “I’m thinking maybe Quentin [Tarantino] does a movie about it. In the end, the adults do the right thing.”
Brad Pitt slams the Senate in #Oscars acceptance speech.
“They told me I only have 45 seconds up here, which is 45 seconds more than the senate gave John Bolton this week. I’m thinking Quentin does a movie about it. In the end the adults do the right thing.” @newsbusters pic.twitter.com/7NO39sAYSv
— Gabriel Hays (@ghays1492) February 10, 2020
As it turns out, Bolton likely would not have delivered Pitt the goods on Trump he had hoped for. Conservative News Today reported on Thursday that Bolton called the impeachment crusade against Trump “grossly partisan” and believed his testimony wouldn’t have made a lick of difference one way or the other.
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