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Oscar Winner Warns Against 'Weirdo Billionaires' During Acceptance Speech

Adam McKay accepts the award for best adapted screenplay for “The Big Short” at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Adam McKay, who won an Oscar for best adapted screenplay with “The Big Short” last night, warned his audience (voters?) about candidates who take donations from “weirdo billionaires.”

McKay told viewers, “Most of all, if you don’t want big money to control government, don’t vote for candidates that take money from big banks, oil or weirdo billionaires: Stop!”

The movie is “a financial dramedy that warns against big banks and corrupt financial systems.”

The Hollywood Reporter explains the remark most likely referred to Hillary Clinton. “The comment was understood as a subtle jab at Hillary Clinton for her fundraising history. Clinton has reportedly taken more than $20 million from banks and financial institutions for her campaign and various speaking fees, worrying voters that she may be too close to corrupt financial institutions if elected.”

But when asked if he was referring to a specific candidate McKay said, “No, I did not. I really didn’t. And the amazing thing about this movie has been that we’ve seen Bill O’Reilly and Bernie Sanders support this movie. This is a right‑left movie, and we’ve got to stop, man.”

He went on to say, “Big money is taking over our government, and until right and left goes, no more big money. It has to be like a scarlet letter on these candidates. So I really honestly did not mean either side, but like Google it. Just Google it. You can see what the candidates have been paid, and when you elect people that get money from banks and oil and weirdo billionaires, that’s who they vote for.”