President Trump on the Mind at Oscars in Jokes, Protest

President Trump was on people’s minds if not on everyone’s lips at the Oscars Awards 2017 Winners on Sunday 26 Feb, night. He was the subject of a protest non-appearance by an 89th Academy Award-Winning Director, an oblique introduction by previous year’s supporting actor winner and several of host Jimmy Kimmel’s jokes. But the Trump’s name was kept out of most of references.

Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Film, boycotted Sunday’s Oscar Ceremony, citing Trump’s travel ban of several predominantly Muslim countries, including his own. He sent Iranian astronaut Anousheh Ansari to read a statement for him.

“Dividing the world into the ‘us and our enemies’ categories creates fear,” Ansari said, adding it’s “a deceitful justification for aggression and war.” All six directors nominated in the category issued a statement two days before the ceremony criticizing the “climate of fascism” in the United States.

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