It kicked off with Jimmy Kimmel, during the opening monologue.
“I want to say thank you to President Trump,” Kimmel said. “Remember last year when it seemed the Oscars were racist?”
The reference was to last year’s outcry about the Oscars only recognizing white actors and actresses and ignoring, on a trending basis, those in the minority camps.
Kimmel shortly after went on Twitter to write: “Hey @realDonaldTrump up up?” That was followed by this: “@realDonaldTrump #Merylsayshi.”
The latter was a remark about actress Meryl Streep who recently used her star-studded platform to rant and lecture about the so-called racist tendencies of Trump.
But the Trump bashing didn’t end with Kimmel.
From the Daily Mail:
“Political speeches dominated the Oscars on Sunday night with winners lining up to outdo each other as they spoke out against President Donald Trump’s immigration ban.
Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel kicked things off when he fired several shots at Trump during his opening monologue.
“But as the night progressed, actors, directors and designers quickly started dedicating their Academy Awards to ‘the immigrants,’ spoke out against the Mexican wall and went as far as calling Trump’s immigration policy ‘inhumane.’
“While Alessandro Bertolazzi is not a well known name outside the film industry, the makeup artist was the first Oscar winner to mention politics in his acceptance speech.
“The Italian dedicated his win in the makeup and hair-styling category to ‘all the immigrants’.
“Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, stars of 1967’s classic Bonnie and Clyde, presented the Oscar for best picture.
“‘Our goal in politics is the same in our goal in art, and that’s to get to the truth,’ Beatty said on stage.
He said the movies nominated ‘show us the increasing diversity in our community and our respect for diversity and freedom all over the world.’
“Mexican actor Gael García Bernal (pictured with Hailee Steinfeld) was presenting an award when he made it clear he was against Donald Trump building a wall on the Mexican-U.S. border.
“Iranian director Asghar Farhadi took home the Academy Award for best foreign film for his drama The Salesman. The director had previously said he was not attending the Oscars in revolt against Trump’s immigration ban and it was accepted on his behalf by Iranian astronaut Anousheh Ansari.
“‘I’m sorry I’m not with you tonight. My absence is out of respect for the people of my country and the other six nations whom have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants to the U.S,’ he said in a statement read out on his behalf.
“‘Dividing the world into the U.S. and our enemies categories creates fear. A deceitful justification for aggression and war. These wars prevent democracy and human rights in countries which have themselves been victims of aggression.
“‘Filmmakers can turn their cameras to capture shared human qualities and break stereotypes of various nationalities and religions. They create empathy between us and other. An empathy which we need today more than ever.'”