Oscars Gone Wild

In an Associated Press report today, the 89th Academy awards overflowed with attacks against US President Donald Trump, showed a racially charged atmosphere, and had an awards fumble at the end of the event. Asghar Farhadi, an Iranian film director whose film, “The Saleman” won best foreign film, stated in a letter read by Iranian astronaut, Anousheh Ansari that, “My absence is out of respect for the people of my country and those of other six nations who have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants to the US.” The report from AP did not specify why the director felt six nations have been disrespected or why a law was inhumane. The US has not had diplomatic relations with Iran since the 1979 revolution that held US citizens hostage for 444 days. The anniversary of the revolution was recently celebrated and photos showed Iranian children with balloons walking hand-in-hand with adults as they trampled over pictures of US President Donald Trump and the US flag. Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs said, “Tonight is proof that art has no borders, no single language and does not belong to a single faith”. As reported by the AP, this was a reference as to why she felt the awards ceremony was improved over previous years since the academy was made up of mostly older white males. The report did not specify why the reference by Boone was made against older white males. Awards host Jimmy Kimmel stated, “Remember last year when it seemed like the Oscars were racist?” The AP report did not specify why Jimmy made that statement or how the Oscars were viewed as racist. The award for best picture went to “Moonlight” after a fiasco when the award was mistakenly given to the movie, “La La Land”. “Moonlight” is a movie directed by Barry Jenkins based on the play, “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue”. Moonlight grossed only $22 million at the theaters standing in stark contrast to the top films of 2016 each earning hundreds of millions of dollars.

AP report found here: https://www.apnews.com/5d75a8ce5cc44b319d09bbb8f1e9e0a4/Oscars-flap-eclipses-‘Moonlight’-win,-but-civility-reigns


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