Donald Trump ’ s name was rarely mentioned during Sunday ’ s Academy Awards, but the U . S . president ’ s policies were a running subtext throughout the evening.
Host Jimmy Kimmel fired the first shot in his opening monologue .
“ I want to say thank you to President Trump.
“ Remember last year when it seemed like the Oscars were racist ?” Kimmel quipped .
Again and again , he mocked the president ’ s Twitter put – down of Meryl Streep in January , when Trump called her “ one of the most over – rated actresses in Hollywood . ”
“ Meryl Streep has phoned it in for more than 50 films over the course of her lacklustre career.
“ Please join me in giving Meryl Streep a totally undeserved round of applause , ” ” said Kimmel.
Several acceptance speeches celebrated the film industry ’ s internationalism and the threat that Trump’ s policies pose .
Alessandro Bertolazzi, one of the makeup and hairstyle winners for the film “Suicide Squad , ” dedicated his award to “ all the immigrants ” .
Asghar Farhadi , the Iranian director of “ The Salesman ” , which won the Oscar for best foreign language film , had a stand- in read a statement .
The Iranian explained that he did not attend in protest of the president ’ s executive order temporarily banning travel from seven mostly – Muslim nations .
“ 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 . , ” he said .
Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal , who presented the Oscar for best animated film , decried Trump ’ s plan for a wall on the U. S . border with Mexico .
“ As a Mexican , as a Latin American , as a migrant worker , as a human being , I ’ m against any form of wall that wants to separate us , ” he said .
Kimmel kept the barbs coming , poking fun at one of Trump ’ s cabinet picks , Ben Carson .
“ Doctor strange was nominated for outstanding visual effects and was also named the secretary of housing and urban development, ” he said .
And he warned award recipients that speaking their minds might have consequences .
“ Some of you will get to come up here on this stage tonight and give a speech that the president of the U. S . will tweet about in all caps during his 5 a . m. bowel movement tomorrow , ” Kimmel said .