In case you missed the memo, political debate is no longer restricted to a stuffy classroom, meeting or boring dinner party.
In his opening monologue, host Jimmy Kimmel took aim at Donald Trump, calling for action to unify a country that feels divided, before trolling the president live on Twitter during the ceremony.
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“There are millions and millions of people watching right now, and if every one of you took a minute to reach out to one person you disagree with and have a positive, considerate conversation – not as liberals or conservatives but as Americans – if we all did that it would make America great again. It starts with us,” he said.
Iranian director and screenwriter Asghar Farhadi took home the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film for The Salesman, but did not attend as a statement against Trump’s Muslim travel ban.
A proxy for the director read out a statement on his behalf which labelled the ban “inhumane” and “disrespectful”.
“Dividing the world into the us and them categories creates fear – a justification for aggression and war,” Farhadi’s statement read.
But not everyone is happy about celebrities getting political at these events.
— Nancy ن (@LVNancy) February 27, 2017