alejandroAlejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu has defended himself in the face of criticism for appearing not to applaud the costume designer Jenny Beavan as she made her way to the stage to pick up her award.

In a widely-circulated clip – viewed over 43 million times – Alejandro is among a number of attendees who are shown not to be clapping, instead regarding Jenny with what many have interpreted as disdain.

In a statement issued to “The Guardian” on Thursday, Alejandro called such speculation “mean-spirited and false”.

“I think Jenny Beavan is a masterful costume designer and very deserving of the Oscar for Mad Max: Fury Road…By editing and omitting the full reality and suggesting I felt anything but admiration is mean-spirited and false. What you don’t see in the 10 second clip being circulated is my applause for Jenny as she ascended the stairs to the stage…I’ve learned a lot this awards season … that I should never cross my arms when I am sitting down.”

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