One Academy Award winner protested Trump’s immigration ban with this powerful acceptance speech Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Engineer/astronaut Anousheh Ansari (L) and former NASA scientist Firouz Naderi accept Best Foreign Language Film for 'The Salesman' on behalf of director Asghar Farhadi onstage during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Asghar Farhadi was noticeably absent at this year’s Academy Awards.

On Sunday night, Farhadi won the Oscar for his work on the foreign film “The Salesman,” and instead of showing up to accept his award, he sent a colleague, who read his acceptance speech for him.

“It is a great honor to be receiving this valuable award for the second time,” she started before listing his thank yous. “I am sorry I am not with you tonight. My absence is out of respect for the people of my country and the other six countries whom have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bands entry of immigrants to the U.S..”

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The audience cheered in response.

“Dividing the world into the ‘us and our enemies’ categories creates fear. A deceitful justification for aggression and war. These wars prevent democracy and human rights in countries which have themselves been victims of aggression,” she said.

Farhadi went on to applaud filmmakers for creating “empathy” in this world and bringing attention to the pressing political issues.

Nicole is a content editor with Rare. 
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