The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and their accountants – handing Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty the wrong Best Picture envelope – denied Moonlight the honor it had earned.
No matter that they caught the error. The screw up soaked up all the attention that Moonlight deserved.
I was taken to task by someone yesterday for spending too much time commenting on the Oscars.
But I disagree.
What happens in popular culture is important.
The fight for the equal representation of all of us in the images we see is important. My critic called it “all bullshit.”
No it’s not.
A State Department Twitter account posted then deleted Monday a message congratulating the prominent Iranian director who condemned President Trump’s “inhumane” travel ban on his Oscar win.
The official State Department Persian-language Twitter account, @USAdarFarsi, congratulated Asghar Farhadi for winning best foreign-language film for “The Salesman,” as Reuters first reported.
The tweet was first posted on the account at 1 a.m. ET but later deleted.
“A congratulatory tweet was posted,” a State Department spokeswoman told Reuters. “We later removed the post to avoid any misperception that the USG (U.S. government) endorsed the comments made in the acceptance speech.”
A second department official confirmed that the decision to delete the tweet was made within the State Department.
Farhadi, who boycotted the awards ceremony in protest of Trump’s immigration executive order, prepared a statement that was delivered by Anousheh Ansari, the first Iranian in space, and former NASA director for solar system exploration Firouz Naderi, who accepted the Oscar on the director’s behalf.
“I’m sorry I’m not with you tonight. My absence is out of respect for the people of my country and those of other six nations who have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants to the U.S,” Farhadi said in the statement.
“Dividing the world into the ‘us’ and ‘our enemies’ categories creates fears. A deceitful justification for aggression and war. These wars prevent democracy and human rights in countries, which have themselves been victims of aggression.”