A Running List Of All The Shots At Trump During The 2017 Oscars
It's safe to say that things are likely going to get political tonight at the 89th Annual Academy Awards.
Meryl Streep's blistering speech at the Golden Globes last month set the stage for an activist awards season—and that was before Donald Trump had even taken office.
Looking backwards, Marlon Brando's 1973 Oscar win for The Godfather was arguably the beginning of Oscar politicking as we know it today. Brando declined to attend the ceremony in protest of Hollywood's treatment of Native Americans, and sent activist and Apache tribe member Sacheen Littlefeather to accept the award in his place. According to the Washington Post, Littlefeather "was booed by some members of the audience, while others clapped over the booing."
For a full rundown of political moments throughout the telecast's history, see IndieWire's excellent timeline here. Only time will tell if anyone issues a cri de cœur to rival Brando's at the 2017 ceremony, but we'll be keeping track in the meantime.
The telecast's host popped the evening's Trump cherry with a few digs at the president during his opening monologue. Kimmel quipped that the Oscars are being watched by millions around the world, and in "225 countries that hate us."
He then flipped the #OscarsSoWhite controversy of last year on its head. "Remember when the Oscars seemed racist last year?"
Kimmel then poked at Trump's Twitter feud with Meryl Streep. "The over-rated Meryl Streep, everyone," he said, as the crowd gave a roaring applause to the actress.
"I am an immigrant and this is for all the immigrants," Bertolazzi, one of the make-up directors of Suicide Squad noted as he accepted his Oscar.
Kimmel was back after a commercial break with a nod to superheroes (re: a dig at Trump). "Doctor Strange was nominated for Outstanding Visual Effects and was also named for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development."
Then, after another commercial break, Kimmel continued: "Now it's time for something that's very rare, a president that believes in both the arts and the sciences."
During the enforcement of President Trump's travel ban, filmmaker Farhadi was barred from returning to the US after visiting Iran. For his acceptance speech, Farhadi used a surrogate (he did not attend the show out of respect for those blocked) to call out the travel ban.
Gael Garcia Bernal
The Mexican actor took a stand against Trump's border wall. "As a Mexican, as a Latin American, as a migrant worker, as a human being, I am against any form of wall that wants to separate us."
Over two hours into the show, Kimmel was back to throw a few jabs at Trump. Kimmel expressed concern that Trump had yet to tweet about the Oscars. So, Kimmel tweeted at him:
Barry Jenkins, who directed and helped adapt Terrell Alvin McCraney's one-act play into the Oscar-nominated Moonlight - " And all those people out there who feel there's no mirror for you, that your life's not reflected, the Academy has your back, the ACLU has your back, we have your back. And for the next four years, we will not leave you alone. We will not forget you."
And last, but not least, who better to mix politics and Hollywood (and read Oscar winners incorrectly with Faye Dunaway) than Warren Beatty: "...our goal in politics is the same as our goal in art, and that's to get to the truth." He then praised films for showing "respect of diversity and freedom around the world..."