In the days preceding the 2017 Oscars, Americans from both parties anticipated that several aspects of the award show would be inevitably influenced by U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent actions.
On the night of, the ceremony quickly turned political.
1. Several celebrities wore blue ribbons on their clothing to showcase their support for the American Civil Liberties Union. The non-profit had reportedly reached out to major nominees prior to the ceremony to see if they would wear the ribbon, thereby solidifying their commitment to an organization that is working to resist many of Trump’s divisive policies.
2. A Syrian refugee, Hala Kamil, that played a role in a short film that was nominated for an award advocated for help for Syrian families on the red carpet.
"My msg would be for ppl to help. A lot of Syrian families need help." Hala Kamil, Syrian refugee from the Oscar short "Watani my homeland" pic.twitter.com/L18ctocOFa
— Cara Buckley (@caraNYT) February 26, 2017
3. Jimmy Kimmel made several jokes about the President, including one about Trump likely tweeting about the Oscars in all caps in the middle of the night… while also using the bathroom. He also spotlighted Trump for his attacks on the media, which included a rant about fake news where he said,
“We have no tolerance for fake news … fake tans, we love.”
Kimmel made several other jokes, including about the terrorist attack in Sweden that Donald Trump essentially made up during his recent rally in Melbourne, Fl.
Hey @realDonaldTrump u up?
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) February 27, 2017
4. While introducing Sting’s performance on stage, Dev Patel referenced the President’s war with the media, explaining that the present is “a time when journalists around the world are under attack.”
5. Mexican actor Gael García Bernal spoke out against the President’s proposed border wall between the United States and Mexico, saying, “I’m against any form of wall that wants to separate us.”
“Flesh and blood actors are migrant workers; we travel all over the world, we build families, we construct stories, we build life that cannot be divided. 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.”