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Oscars 2017: Political rants

Oscars 2017: Here are all the political rants from the Academy Awards ceremony

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Oscars 2017: Political rants
Attendees publicized their political opinions the 89th Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Feb. 26, 2017. (Image composite credit: Circa, AP Images and Shutterstock)

It only took a few minutes for the 89th annual Academy Awards ceremony to get political, as host Jimmy Kimmel kicked off the Oscars ceremony with jabs at the expense of Donald Trump.

Watched by 'more than 225 countries that now hate us'

"This broadcast is being watched live by millions of Americans and around the world in more than 225 countries that now hate us," Kimmel said. 

For a moment, Kimmel offered a more diplomatic tone: "If every one of you took a minute to reach out to one person you disagree with, someone you like, and have a positive and considerate conversation, not as liberals or conservatives, as Americans, if we would all do that, we could make America great again. We really could."

But then Kimmel jabbed Trump moments later: "Maybe this isn't a popular thing to say, but I want to say thank you to President Trump: I mean, remember last year when it seemed like the Oscars  were racist? That's gone, thanks to him."

He also welcomed Best Actress nominee Isabelle Huppert with, "I am glad Homeland Security let you in tonight. ... We are very welcoming to outsiders here in Hollywood. We don't discriminate against people based on what countries they come from. We discriminate against them based on their age and weight."

Kimmel also tweaked the time Trump claimed Meryl Streep, who'd appeared to rip the president during her Golden Globes speech, was "overrated."

Said Kimmel: "Of all the great 'actors' here in Hollywood, one has really stood the test of time for her uninspiring and overrated performances. And may I say from her mediocre early work in 'The Deer Hunter' and 'Out of Africa,' to her underwhelming performances in 'Kramer vs. Kramer' and 'Sophie's Choice,' Meryl Streep has phoned it for more than 50 films over the course of her lackluster career."

Tongue planted firmly in cheek, Kimmel invited the "highly overrated" Meryl Streep to stand for a round of applause, which the audience granted.

While accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award at last month's Golden Globes, Streep appeared to rip Donald Trump's mocking of a reporter with a disability: "Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose."

WATCH | If you need a refresher, here's Streep's 2017 Golden Globes speech in its entirety.

"Nice dress, by the way," Kimmel told Streep. "Is that an Ivanka?"

He said speeches may make Trump tweet "in all-caps during his 5 a.m. bowel movement."

'Fake tans,' not fake news?

After the first commercial break, Kimmel joked about the Trump administration's decision to bar some news outlets from White House briefings.

"Before we go any further, if there’s anyone here from CNN or the L.A. or New York Times, if you work for anything with the word Times in it, even, like, Medieval Times, I’d like to ask you to leave the building right now, OK?" he said. "We have no tolerance for fake news. Fake tans we love, but fake news?"

'Doctor Strange' named Secretary of HUD?


While citing Oscar nominees, Kimmel appeared to take a jab at Trump's cabinet picks: "'Doctor Strange' was nominated for outstanding visual effects, and was also named Secretary of Housing and Urban Development."

Kimmel later prefaced the speech by Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs with another joke at Trump's expense: "Now it's time for something that is very rare nowadays: a president who believes in both arts and sciences."

Kimmel even trolled Trump on Twitter mid-ceremony...

... and created a new hashtag in the process.

Kimmel offered condolences to cinematographer Linus Sandgren for "what happened in Sweden."

'Moonlight' director Barry Jenkins praises ACLU

While accepting the award for Best Adapted Screenplay, director Barry Jenkins may have referenced Trump's four-year term while praising the American Civil Liberties Union: "All you people, out there, who feel like there's no mirror for you, that your life is 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."

Tarell Alvin McCraney, who shared that screenplay Oscar win with Jenkins, echoed those sentiments and tacked onto them.

"This goes out to all those black and brown boys and girls and non-gender-conforming, who don't see themselves," he said. "We are trying to show you you, and us, so thank you, thank you, this is for you."

That may have been a response, in part, to the Trump administration's recent action to lift transgender student bathroom protections.

Immigration and related travel bans a recurring theme

Alessandro Bertolazzi, one of three to win an Oscar for makeup and hairstyling for their work on "Suicide Squad," said he was proud to be an immigrant, perhaps in response to the Trump's administration's immigration executive order.

"I'm an immigrant," he said. "I come from Italy. I work around the world. And this is for all the immigrants. For the immigrants, please."

Asghar Faradhi, who won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, did not attend the ceremony. Anousheh Ansari read a statement on his behalf: "I am sorry I am not with you tonight. My absence is out of respect for the people of my country and those of other six nations whom have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants to the U.S. 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."

Faradhi's statement continued: "Filmmakers can turn their cameras can turn their cameras to capture shared human qualities and break stereotypes of various nationalities and religions. They create empathy between us and others, an empathy which we need today, more than ever."

Gael García Bernal opposes any 'wall that wants to separate us'


While presenting the award for Best Animated Feature Film, Gael García Bernal appeared to knock Trump's proposal to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border: "As a Mexican, as a Latin American, as a migrant worker, as a human being, I'm against any form of wall that wants to separate us."

While accepting the award for Best Documentary (Short Subject) for "The White Helmets," Orlando von Einsiedel read a statement from Raed Saleh, the head of group the film is named after: "We're so grateful that this film has highlighted our work to the world. Our organization is guided by a verse from The Quran: To save one life is to save all of humanity.' We have saved more than 82,000 Syran lives. I invite anyone here who hears me to work on the side of life, to stop the bloodshed in Syria and around the world."

Von Einsiedel added: "It's very easy for these guys to feel they're forgotten. This war's been going on for six years. If everyone could just stand up and remind them that we all care that this war end as quickly as possible."

Khaled Khatib, one of the film's cinematographers, was denied entry to the U.S. on Saturday.


Warren Beatty compares goals of politics with those of art

While co-presenting the award for Best Picture (and moments before a massive error in doing so), Warren Beatty cited politics in more general terms.

"It could be said that our goal in politics is the same as our goal in art, and that's to get to the truth," Beatty said. "So, it's like in the movies, that we honor tonight, that not only entertain us and move us, they show us the increasing diversity in the community, and a respect for diversity and freedom all over the world."

Oscars 2017 - Winners and best moments
The 89th annual Academy Awards ceremony was held Sunday, Feb. 26 in Los Angeles. (Image composite credit: Circa, Shutterstock and MGN.)

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