Donald Trump has a long history with the Academy Awards, but the president is not expected to watch Sunday night’s telecast — at least according to Press Secretary Sean Spicer.
Asked during his daily briefing on Wednesday if Trump will tune-in for the Oscars ceremony, Spicer said it was unlikely.
“I think Hollywood is known for being rather far to the left in its opinions, and I’ve got to be honest with you, I think the president will be hosting the governors’ ball that night,” Spicer said. “The First Lady’s put a lot of time into this event… and I have a feeling that that’s where the president and the first lady are going to be focused on Sunday night.”
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In the past, Trump has live-tweeted the Oscars and been a vocal opponent of the ceremony. “I thought they were very average. I was not impressed. I thought some of the choices weren’t very good,” Trump said after the 2013 ceremony during an interview with Fox News. That year, Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained won awards for best original screenplay and best supporting actor (Christoph Waltz). But Trump was not a fan.
“Django Unchained was probably one of the most racist movies I’ve ever seen. I thought it was terrible. A disgrace. When they talk about guns and gun control, that movie — people should watch that,” he said. “You want to talk about something, really, with a problem. But I thought it was terrible.”
Trump also thought the show’s set was “terrible” and “tacky” and found fault with Daniel Day-Lewis’ Oscar-winning work as Abraham Lincoln in 2012’s Lincoln.
“First of all, he’s not from this country. He had an accent that I could detect; I don’t know if other people could detect it. I don’t think Lincoln had an English accent, to the best of my knowledge,” Trump said of Day-Lewis. “I just don’t think that Lincoln behaved like that. He talked very, very slowly. I know lots of politicians and I know lots of successful people and they don’t talk like that. They talk with rapidity. Otherwise, they don’t get anything done.”
In 2014, Trump criticized the ceremony again via live-tweet, slamming host Ellen DeGeneres for “having a hard time with her lines.”
And generally trashing the ceremony overall.
He attacked the 2015 show as well, where Mexican filmmaker Alejandro G. Iñárritu won best director for Birdman, which also scored best picture honors.
The Oscars air Sunday night on ABC.