White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said this week Donald Trump wouldn't be watching the 2017 Academy Awards. That was probably a good idea, since lots of people in Hollywood had digs for the president during the award show. Even some of the ads played during the show were critical. Here are all the political moments from the Oscars.
Kimmel jokes about Trump's travel banIn Hollywood, "We don't discriminate against people based on what countries they come from. We discriminate against people based on their age and weight," Kimmel joked.
Iranian director tears Trump's travel ban"The Salesman" director Asghar Farhadi skipped the Oscars. In a statement he said, "I’m sorry I’m not with you tonight. My absence is out of respect for the the people of my country and those of the other six nations who have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants to the U.S.”
"Zootopia" director mentions tolerance"We are so grateful to the audiences all over the world that embraced this film with this story of tolerance being more powerful than fear of the other,”said Zootopia co-director Rich Howard.
Kimmel mocks Trump's Meryl Streep comments"This is Meryl's 20th Oscar nomination, even more amazing considering she wasn't in a movie this year...That's a nice dress by the way. Is that an Ivanka?"
Kimmel tweets at Donald TrumpHe remarked that the show had been on for more than two hours and Trump hadn't tweeted about it at all.
Audible's "1984" adZachary Quinto reads George Orwell's "1984," choosing a passage about how contact with foreign people might dispel fear and hatred. A definite dig in light of the Trump travel ban.
"La La Land" composer highlights education"La La Land" composer Justin Paul took a dig at Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos during his speech for Best Original Song. "I was educated in public schools where arts and culture were valued. And recognized and resourced. And I'm so grateful to all my teachers who taught so much and gave so much to us."
"Moonlight" director says "we have your back"Barry Jenkins in his acceptance speech for Best Adapted Screenplay said, "All you people who feel like there's no mirror for you, the academy has your back, the ACLU has your back, we have your back, and for the next four years, we will not forget you." Co-writer Tarell Alvin McRaney also shouted out "all those black and brown boys and girls and nongender conforming who don't see themselves" in movies much.
"O.J.: Made in America" director calls out police brutality"This is also for other victims, victims of police violence, police brutality. This is their story as it is Ron and Nicole’s," director Ezra Edelman said in his acceptance speech for Best Documentary.
New York Times releases ad about the importance of truth
The Times released an ad in direct response to Trump's constant insults against the Times and accusations of "fake news." Watch it here.
Samsung ends VR commercial with Women's March
Samsung showed off its Gear VR virtual reality headset with shots of the 2017 Inauguration, but ended with three times as many clips of the worldwide Women's March. Watch it here
BONUS: Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway read the wrong Best Picture
Unlike the other items on this list, Trump may actually be sorry he missed seeing the biggest flub in Oscar history as "La La Land" was named Best Picture at the Oscars by mistake given his anti-Oscar tweet history
. Of course, his reaction to things like the show "Blackish"
suggest he wouldn't be happy about "Moonlight" winning, what with its story about a gay black man and completely black cast.
The "La La Land" Best Picture acceptance speech calls out "repression"Before we found out the "La La Land" announcement was a mistake, the film's producers gave their entire acceptance speeches. Jordan Horowitz, who would later be the one who revealed the mistake, even made a small dig at Trump, saying that "repression is the enemy of civilization... the dreams we dream today will provide the love, the compassion and the humanity that will narrate the stories of our lives tomorrow."