Viola Davis and Mahershala Ali won Oscars on Sunday for their supporting roles in African-American stories “Fences” and “Moonlight” on a night where diversity, and digs at U.S. President Donald Trump, both loomed large.
Ali, and Davis, each won their first Oscars, nominated for Academy Awards this year, in stark contrast to 2016 when there were no non-Whites.
With a leading 14 nominations, romantic musical ‘La La Land’ won for original score and theme song ‘City of Stars’ for its plot of a struggling actress (Emma Stone) and a jazz pianist (Ryan Gosling).
However possibilities of ‘La La Land’ equaling the 11 Oscars record held by ‘Titanic,’ ‘Ben-Hur’ and ‘Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,’slipped away as the musical lost some early technical awards.
Awards for best picture, director and lead actress and actor – will be handed out near the end.
Trump, and actress Meryl Streep, took center stage. The awards were marked by celebrity opposition to the Republican president . Many of the celebrities wore blue ribbons yesterday in support of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), working to get Trump’s travel ban blocked legally.
Iran’s ‘The Salesman’ was named best foreign language film but its director, boycotted the ceremony ; protesting Trump’s controversial bid to ban travelers from seven majority Muslim nations, including his country.
In a speech on his behalf , Iranian-American space Anousheh Ansari, conveyed the film director’s absence was due to “an inhumane law that bans entry into the U.S… Dividing the world into the ‘us’ and ‘our enemies’ categories creates fear, a deceitful justification for aggression and war.”
Millions of people watched on television globally, proving that art transcends borders, has no single language nor any single faith.