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Oscars Get Political With Takedowns Of Trump, Immigration Ban

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If you were hoping that Hollywood would use the Oscars to troll Trump and his controversial policies, then the 89th Academy Awards didn’t disappoint.

Host Jimmy Kimmel delivered plenty of Trump jokes throughout the long broadcast, including hitting the president where it hurts him most—his Twitter account.

Concerned that POTUS hadn’t tweeted about the ceremony yet, Kimmel took to social media to address him directly and make sure everything was okay.

When Gael Garcia Bernal took the stage to present an award, he used the opportunity to speak out against Trump’s infamous 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,” the actor declared.

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Asghar Farhadi, who won Best Foreign Language Film for The Salesman, chose not to attend the ceremony as a form of protest against Trump’s recent immigration ban, and had a statement read on his behalf.

“My absence is out of respect for the people of my country and the other six nations whom have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants to the U.S.,” read Anousheh Ansari, who accepted the award on his behalf.

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