Last year it was Leonardo DiCaprio! Speaking on the need to support the ‘leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters, but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world, for the billions and billions of underprivileged people out there who would be most affected by this’. One year down the line, contrary to the confidence exuded by the one of the best actor of our times, world has become more inhospitable for the marginalised, and the nature plundering behemoth corporations find it more easy to carry out their destructive operations masquerading as development. But this gloomy situation has made the artistes assembled at Dolby Theater at Los Angeles for Academy Awards more vocal and thus political. When soothsayers are vocal about the lingering dark days ahead, artistes are turning out to be more vocal politically as shown by the recent events.
The weird manner in which the President of United States of America, Donald Trump has been behaving, has become a subject for reviling and ridiculing world over. The Academy Awards venue was no exception. All the glamour and pompous kept aside, what made this year’s award night has been the political content of the show exemplified by the anti Trump stance and the way artistes of the Afro American community got recognition.
Like the recent Meryl-Trump war of words during and after the Golden Globe Awards, where she, in her very elegant, calm and charmful personality, with passion and poignant words electrified the newly elected President of the United States for which he retorted back calling her “an over-rated actress”, celebrities voiced and kept themselves away from the award night.
It all started with Jimmy Kimmel, the host for Oscars 2017, who In his opening monologue, began by poking fun at President Donald Trump. And later as his phone was mirrored on a large screen on stage, he tweeted to Trump.
Following President Donald Trump’s executive order barring immigrants, Asghar Farhadi, Iranian Director, of ‘The Salesman’ which won the award for The best Foreign Land Film, decided not to attend the ceremony protesting against what he told out of respect for the people of my country and those of other six nations whom have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants to the U.S “
Iranian-American engineer Anousheh Ansari, who also happens to be the first Iranian to go into space, accepted the award on Farhadi’s behalf.
“It’s a great honor to be receiving this valuable award for the second time. I would like to thank the members of the Academy, my crew in Iran, my producer Alexandre Mallet-Guy, Cohen Media, Amazon and my fellow nominees in the foreign film category,” she said, reading Farhadi’s statement. “I’m sorry I’m not with you tonight. My absence is out of respect for the people of my country and those of other six nations whom have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants to the U.S.”
Anousheh Ansari deciphered what real the meaning of the with us or against us binary propagated by the US administration
“Dividing the world into the us and our enemies categories creates fear. A deceitful justification for aggression and war,” she continued. “These wars prevent democracy and human rights in countries which have themselves 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 which we need today more than ever.”
As “The White Helmets,” won an Oscar for best short-subject documentary which is a film that highlights the atrocities of the six-year Syrian civil war. However, film’s cinematographer Khaled Khateeb was barred by US officials from entering the United States for the event, allegedly as a result of the Syrian regime’s cancellation of his passport. Khateeb is a volunteer for the Syrian Civil Defense forces, also known as the White Helmets.
The makers read a statement on his behalf, which read:
Gael Garcia Bernal, a Mexican actor was critical of Trump administration on the issues of border wall, stated,
The New York Times ran its first-ever TV ad during the ceremony with a strong statement that appears to target the Trump administration titled "The Truth."
"The truth is the media is dishonest," reads one statement, which appears to be a reference to President Trump's repeated assertion that the media is dishonest.
President Donald Trump lashed out at the New York Times new ad campaign in a Twitter post on Sunday hours before the newspapers’ “The Truth is Hard” spot runs on the 89th Academy Awards.
The winner for best makeup and hair styling, the 'Suicide Squad' artist, Giorgio Gregorini dedicated his award "to all of the immigrants" pointing that he is Italian and works all over the world.