The Iranian film star Taraneh Alidoosti, the lead actor of the Oscar-nominated film The Saleman said that she would boycott the awards in protest at American President Donald Trump's 'racist' ban on Muslim immigrants.
The 33-year-old star took to the Twitter to announce her decision.
"Trump's visa ban for Iranians is racist. Whether this will include a cultural event or not, I won't attend the #AcademyAwards 2017 in protest," tweeted Taraneh Alidoosti.
According to a draft executive order published in the Washington Post and New York Times, Trump poised to stop visas for travellers from seven Muslims countries including Iran and Iraq.
Syria, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen are other countries to face the ban for sending its people to America. The draft said the restriction is for 30 days.
Earlier, clarifying the decision Trump has said that his plan was not to ban Muslims, but people from the above-listed countries that “have tremendous terror.”
The acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi's The Salesman was nominated for the best foreign-language film at the Academy Awards. Farhadi's movie 'A Separation' had won the Best Foreign Language Oscar award in 2012.
Iranian movies has been a regular winner at the international film awards over the last few years. The viewers for films from the country have also increased in a short span of time across the globe.