REPORT: Iranian Oscar-Nominated Director Will Miss Ceremony Due To Trump’s Suspension Of Visas

The Independent reports:

The Muslim ban enacted by President Donald Trump will keep the Iranian director of an Oscar-nominated film from this year’s ceremony, according to reports. President Trump announced this week that nationals from seven Muslim countries will now be refused access to the United States of America, a move that is said to mean that filmmaker Asghar Farhadi will be unable to attend the prestigious event in February to support his own film.

Trump has ordered a four-month ban on all refugees from entering the country as well as enacting an indefinite ban on all those who hail from Syria. For 90 days, visas will not be issued to nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. Farhadi’s film The Salesman is nominated in the Foreign Language category alongside Land of Mine (Denmark), Toni Erdmann (Germany), It’s Only the End of the World (Canada) and Tanna (Australia).

  • Oscarlating Wildely

    An attack on the arts and those who represent them is an attack on humanity. To attack those recognized for their artistic work based upon their nationality is despotism.


    • David Walker

      And defunding the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting is pretty fucking shitty, too.

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    From 9/11 on, none of the terrorist attacks in the US have been committed by anyone from the countries that our fascist leader has banned. Countries that terrorists are from (Saudi Arabia among others) have not been banned.

    And countries where Trump has properties & business arrangements have not been banned.

    • Do Something Nice

      Maddow had an excellent report on this last night.

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    • Chucktech

      Gee, I wonder if any of the Sunday morning talking head shows will mention this…

      [Hint: They goddam well better…]

  • Jude Newton

    Trump doesn’t give a shit, he hates Hollywood because they won’t kiss his ass.

    • David L. Caster

      Hollywood will have plenty to say when they hand out or receive those Oscars. I can hardly wait to hear the brilliant rants that will be made from that stage. Trump will go ballistic. Good. The shit deserves all the shit people are going to give him.

      • Do Something Nice

        And Trump will have trolls out in force after the ceremony. We need to counter them.

        • Chucktech

          Aren’t Trumptrolls allergic to California?

      • The brilliants rants will bring out all the irony challenged fools shrieking on and on about “celebrities shouldn’t talk about politics!!!”

        • David Walker

          It would be interesting to see if any of the actors/reps hire Bruce Vilanch to write the topical part of the acceptance speeches…or if he’s backstage banging out new copy for the hosts and presenters. It’s not like he hasn’t done it before.

  • Blake Jordan

    Terrorist recruitment is going to go up exponentially…

    Thank you Donnie!!! /s

    • Silver Badger

      Domestic terrorism: Not just for Christians anymore!

    • Ninja0980

      Yup, ISIS got their dream candidate.
      Too bad so many in this country failed to see that.

    • David in Palm Springs

      Please address him with the appropriate and respectful title: Orange-Faced Fascist Dipshit Donnie

    • goofy_joe

      I am sure he will find a way to blame that escalation on Obama.

    • JCF

      In planning the coming Police State, that’s a feature, not a bug.

  • Gustav2

    Well…he is mow the front runner to win.

  • Boreal
    • Blake Jordan

      And those countries not on the banned list also happen to be the source of the majority of terrorists, including those who perpetrated 9/11…

      Donnie’s contributions to those countries, (indirectly) sponsored terrorism…

  • Michael R
  • Dazzer

    I can see anything with the Trump name on it anywhere in the world outside the US is going to become a prime target for terrorism.

    The interesting thing will be how far the local authorities go to find the terrorists.

    • SoCalGal20

      Inside the U.S. too. He’s got a big gold monstrosity right on the Las Vegas strip with his name in YUUUGE letters prominently featured.

    • Silver Badger

      We can only hope. Why should the US be an exception?

    • Ninja0980

      And when they are attacked, expect to see Donnie and his supporters say it’s an attack on America and use it as an excuse for war.

      • Chucktech

        If not, at the very least, an excuse to “send in the Feds.”

    • Reality.Bites

      They’ve long been a prime target for architects and designers.

  • SoCalGal20

    I hope this man wins the Oscar. Then I hope somebody gets to speak about how he couldn’t attend because of Trump’s disgusting policy.

    • David L. Caster

      Exactly what I was thinking.

    • Acronym Jim

      Or have him speak in his own words via tape or streamed live.

      • John30013

        You’d think he could attend “virtually” via Skype, especially if he wins the Oscar.

    • djcoastermark

      I watched the preview and it looks very good. Hope he wins the award and I hope the idiocracy of rumps actions are mocked, chided, and what helps hasten the downfall of our new and awful regime.

    • Chucktech

      Oh, now, now, they don’t do things like that at the Oscars…

      • David Walker

        Voice Over: “Accepting the Academy Award for Asghar Farhadi is Meryl Streep.”

        • Chucktech

          Well…………………………….maybe SHE will say something……

    • MichaelJ

      Asghar Farhadi already has an Oscar, for “A Separation,” which won Best Foreign Language Film in 2012. He directed and wrote the film and was also nominated for Best Original Screenplay. “A Separation” is about a married couple, one of who has permission and wants to emigrate with her daughter and the other wants to remain in Iran to care for his aging father with Alzheimer’s. It’s a wonderful film, and I can’t wait to see “The Salesman.”

      • SoCalGal20

        Thank you for the information. I have not seen either film but I will seek them out. The Iranian film industry is fascinating to me. I see they often have filmmakers nominated for awards like Best Foreign film and it’s so interesting to me that a country that has a government that is so repressive has such a vibrant and accomplished film industry.

    • ChrisMorley

      They hopefully will set up a satellite link for him to address the audience and accept his Oscar in absentia.
      Jack Nicholson won the BAFTA for Best Actor in 1974 for Chinatown and The Last Detail. As Nicholson was on a set in Salem, Oregon filming Miloš Forman’s adaptation of Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, he sent over what is probably the best ever in absentia acceptance speech in BAFTA history, with a little help from Danny DeVito, Louise Fletcher and some of the other inmates.
      Begins at 1.16

      • yes b’y

        thank you for that

  • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson

    Here’s another report from The Guardian this morning.

    The walls around the US are going up everwhere.

    If I was Muslim and a medical professional planning to study here, I’d change my plans. If I was studying here on a green card with my family in Cairo, I’d get the hell out of here while I could.

    • SoCalGal20

      I’d transfer to a Canadian school or something. Foreign students have a path to citizenship there.

      • JaniceInToronto

        We have also taken in over 25,000 Syrian refugees.

        Is he going to build a northern wall as well?

        • yes b’y

          Oh let’s hope so.

  • Mark

    What a fucking idiot. He bans these so-called Muslim countries – meanwhile he has a shit load of properties with great big “TRUMP” signs on the front of them in other predominantly Muslim countries. And he thinks the “terrorists” pay any attention to borders? And of course, the xtians here will start screaming persecution! when the xtians over there get whacked being dumbass has singled out “Muslims”,

    Trump is starting a religious war. He is mentally ill. He is a sick fuck. He needs to be removed from office for mental incompetence – and we quickly issue an apology.

    • I’m more inclined to believe that it is Putin pulling the strings…

  • Dot Beech

    Win or lose, this will make Asghar Farhadi the absolute shining star of the Oscar broadcast. In terms of publicity, it’s a fucking goldmine. Which is great, for as a human rights violation, it’s despicable and an outrage.

    Cue Susan Sarandon’s ‘impromptu’ speech in 5… 4… 3… 2…. Sarandon and everybody else.

    Which is as it should be. One high profile denunciation after another for Trump and Bannon and Kellyanne Goebbels.

  • justmeeeee

    Because citizens of any country we have recently destroyed might not be so nice to us.

  • Ernest Endevor

    All the nominees should immediately announce that they won’t attend.

    • Clive Johnson

      Instead they should attend an alternative event where they defend freedom of conscience, and take turns denouncing various Republican proposals.

      • Reality.Bites

        Why do that when instead they can do it on a three-hour broadcast to the world?

    • goofy_joe

      That hurts the Oscars, not the President.

      • Ernest Endevor

        It should hurt the Oscars. Let them put their money where their mouths are or it’s mere tokenism. You don’t think it obscene to be celebrating La La Land as we abandon thousands, tens of thousands, to their death? I do.

        • goofy_joe

          No, I don’t think we need to be a one focus society. We can do both, celebrating creativity and freedom of expression while we work towards stopping thousands heading to their deaths. Life is not a zero-sum game.

          • Ernest Endevor

            I’m not saying it is but there are consequences. Why should the administration be given a free pass? Let them explain to the academy and the networks about losing a multi-billion dollar broadcast.

        • David Walker

          True. The Razzies will not be enough.

        • JCF

          It’s not an Either/Or.

      • Gerry Fisher

        It sends a message: “Something far more important is going on other than your need to be entertained tonight. If you aren’t scared, you aren’t paying attention. No more ‘business as usual.’ THIS ISN’T NORMAL.”

  • Clive Johnson

    What’s so mindless about this is that we face greater threats from home-grown right-wing extremists than we do from radical Muslims.

    At it’s root the real threats to democracy come not from any particular faith, but from right-wing tendencies religious or secular. But we lack a knowledgeable enough majority in the country to do much about that yet.

    • David Walker

      Don’t forget that the home-grown right-wing extremists voted for the liar-in-chief; Muslims voted it, not so much. Praise the “2nd amendment people” because they know “what to do” and condemn the brown people, especially those who have guns, and other brown people who obviously want to kill us. My mother had a beautiful rose garden and she never used bull shit for fertilizer because it never disappeared and the roses didn’t like it. Pity that so many humans thrive on it.

  • sword

    I hope Meryl Streep is the Oscar prensentor regardless who wins.

  • The_Wretched

    We look like (and are) a laughing stock. This is the kind of bs that we used to laugh at other countries for doing – the failing ones.

  • andrew

    Should Farhadi win the Oscar, perhaps Scott Baio will accept it for him.

  • JCF