Lost amidst the chaos surrounding the wrong movie being announced for the Best Picture award was the fact that President Donald Trump was a frequent target throughout the night of the Oscars. Here are the seven most anti-Trump moments that occurred.
1. Asghar Farhadi's statement. Farhadi, the Iranian director of The Salesman, had the following statement read aloud:
My absence is out of respect for the people of my country and from the other six nations who have been disrespected by the inhumane law which bans immigrants' entry into the U.S. Dividing the world into the 'us and our enemies' categories creates fear -- a deceitful justification for aggression and war. These wars prevent democracy and human rights in countries which themselves have been victims of aggression. Filmmakers can turn their cameras to capture shared human qualities and break stereotypes of various nationalities and religions. They create empathy between us and others -- an empathy we need today more than ever.
2. Jimmy Kimmel. Kimmel, who hosted the Oscars, took jabs at Trump whenever possible. Here were some of his notable barbs against Trump:
- "I want to say thank you to President Trump. Remember last year when it seemed like the Oscars were racist? It's gone thanks to him."
- "This is being watched live by millions of people in 225 countries that now hate us."
- "Some of you get to come on this stage and make a speech that the president of the United States will tweet about in all-caps during his 5 a.m. bowel movement."
Kimmel also tweeted at Trump while onstage:
Hey @realDonaldTrump u up?— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) February 27, 2017
3. A couple of people from Moonlight took indirect shots at Trump. "All you people out there who feel like your life is not reflected, the Academy has your back; the ACLU has your back," said Barry Jenkins, who won Best Adapted Screenplay for Moonlight. "For the next four years we will not leave you alone, we will not forget you."
Tarrell Alvin McCraney, who wrote the original play, chimed in, "To all the black and brown boys and girls and non-gender-conforming individuals, this is for you."
4. Linus Sandgren from La La Land mocked Trump's remarks about Sweden. "On behalf of all of us, we’re so sorry about what happened in Sweden last week," said Sandgren during his acceptance speech for Best Cinematography. "Hope your friends are OK."
This a reference to Trump talking about a non-existent terror attack that he said occurred in Sweden, although Sweden has been having a surge in violent crime due to the Muslim migrants that have immigrated to the country.
5. Gael Garcia Bernal criticized the wall. "Flesh and blood actors are migrant workers," Bernal bloviated as he gave the introduction speech into the Best Animated award. "We travel all over the world. We construct families, we build life, but we cannot be divided. As a Mexican, as a Latin American, as a migrant worker, as a human being, I’m against any form of wall that wants to separate us."
6. Rich Moore, director of Zootopia, used the "tolerance" buzzword as an indirect bludgeon against Trump. "We are so grateful to audiences all over the world who embraced this film with this story of tolerance being more powerful than fear of the Other," Moore said as he accepted the award for best animated film.
7. Warren Beatty used the "diversity" buzzword as an indirect swipe at Trump before the Best Picture snafu happened. "Our goal in politics is the same as our goal in art, and that’s to get to the truth," said Beatty, adding that films "show us the increasing diversity in our community and a respect for diversity and freedom all over the world."
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