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Oscars: Iranian Foreign Minister Lauds 'Salesman' Cast and Crew for Foreign-Language Win, Anti-Trump Stance

2 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Iran's foreign minister on Twitter lauded the best foreign-language film Oscar win for Iranian director Asghar Farhadi's The Salesman and the creative team's public stance about the Trump administration's travel ban.

"Proud of cast & crew of ‘The Salesman’ for Oscar & stance against #MuslimBan," Javad Zarif tweeted. "Iranians have represented culture & civilization for millennia."

Iran’s government-owned English-language network Press TV on its website covered the news of the Oscar win. Its news story used the headline “Asghar Farhadi wins another Oscar for Iran.” The filmmaker had also won the foreign-language Oscar in 2012 for A Separation.

Farhadi did not attend the ceremony in a public »

- Georg Szalai

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Iran Cheers ‘The Salesman’s’ Oscar, But Politics Risks Diminishing Asghar Farhadi’s Art

2 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome – Iran rejoiced Monday at news of “The Salesman’s” Oscar victory for best foreign language film, but political reverberations risk undermining the artistic accomplishment of director Asghar Farhadi’s film.

Farhadi did not attend the ceremony in protest against President Trump’s travel ban, despite the suspension of the executive order by U.S. courts.

“Proud of cast & crew of ‘The Salesman’ for Oscar & stance against #MuslimBan. Iranians have represented culture & civilization for millennia,” Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted.

Iran’s government-owned Press TV cheered news of the Oscar with the headline “Asghar Farhadi wins another Oscar for Iran” on its website. Although the Academy Award for best foreign language film is customarily accepted by the winning film’s director, it is considered a prize for the submitting country as a whole.

In a prepared statement read out by Iranian American engineer Anousheh Ansari (pictured, right), who accepted »

- Nick Vivarelli

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2017 Oscars: A Tale of Two Oscar Stories and One Very Big Gaffe

5 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Going into the Oscars, the question was which of two competing narratives would dominate the night.

The end result: a balance between the two, amid a disturbing gaffe as presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway pulled a “La La Land” card out of a red envelope. There was a mistake.

Read More: 2017 Oscars: Full Winners List

With eight nominations, “Moonlight” looked to be the likeliest film to unseat rival juggernaut “La La Land” for Best Picture and so it did, among three total Oscars.

“There were two cards. I wanted to see the card,” said “Moonlight” writer-director Jenkins backstage in explaining the bizarre mixup which initially saw “La La Land” announced as Best Picture before a correction was issued that it was “Moonlight.” Beatty showed to him. (It said “Moonlight.”) “The folks from ‘La La Land’ were so gracious,” he added.

“There was a time when I thought this movie was impossible, »

- Anne Thompson

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'Moonlight' wins best picture at dramatic Oscars 2017

6 hours ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

In a shock finale to Sunday’s 89th Academy Awards, the drama was named best picture moments after La La Land had been declared the winner in error.

Faye Dunaway had announced the musical as the winner at the Dolby Theatre after co-presenter Warren Beatty, who opened the envelope and appeared lost for words, handed it to his Bonnie And Clyde co-star.

As chaos reigned, Beatty walked up to the microphone and explained the envelope read, “Emma Stone, La La Land”.

The actress had already received her best actress Oscar in one of the key awards of the night alongside Casey Affleck’s triumph in the best actor category for Manchester By The Sea.

La La Land won six Oscars on the night led by Stone and Damien Chazelle, who became the youngest person to win the best directing Oscar. The film started the night on a joint-record 14 nominations.

Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney were popular »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Iranian Director Slams President Trump's Muslim Ban After Oscar Win

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Iranian director Asghar Farhadi spoke out against President Trump's travel ban in a poignant statement ready by Anousheh Ansari after the filmmaker won Best Foreign Language Film for The Salesman at the 2017 Academy Awards.

Farhadi announced that he would not attend this year's ceremony in protest of the ban, which prohibited immigrants and travelers from seven countries, including Iran, from entering the United States. While the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals later halted the executive order, the Trump administration has vowed to replace it with a similar order soon.

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Iranian Director Blasts ‘Inhumane’ Travel Ban in Statement After Winning Oscar

8 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Asghar Farhadi, the Iranian filmmaker of “The Salesman” who won an Oscar Sunday night for best foreign-language film, couldn’t make it to the ceremony, but still managed to make a political statement.

It was announced earlier this year that, because of President Donald Trump’s travel ban, Farhadi would boycott the Academy Awards, even if exceptions were made to allow him entry into the United States. Another prominent Iranian American, engineer Anousheh Ansari, accepted the prize for him and read a prepared statement on stage.

“I’m sorry I’m not with you tonight,” she read. “My absence is out of respect for the people of my country and those of other six nations whom have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants to the U.S.”

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“Dividing the world into the us and our enemies categories creates fear, »

- Alex Stedman

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Iranian Director Who Skipped Oscars Bashes Trump’s ‘Inhumane’ Travel Ban in Acceptance Speech Statement

8 hours ago | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

President Donald Trump‘s executive order banning citizens from seven Middle Eastern countries from entering the U.S. may be lifted, but an Iranian director previously affected by the controversial directive made good on his promise to sit out the awards show for political reasons.

On Sunday night, Asghar Farhadi was not present to accept his Best Foreign Film Oscar for The Salesman.

Instead, he sent Iranian American engineer Anousheh Ansari, known as the first female space tourist, to accept the award on his behalf and read a statement from the filmmaker.

“I’m sorry I’m not with you tonight. »

- Ale Russian

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Why Director Asghar Farhadi Wasn't at the Oscars to Accept His Award

8 hours ago | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

A few weeks ago, acclaimed Iranian director Asghar Farhadi released a statement via The New York Times saying he had decided not to attend this year's Oscars. Farhadi, whose film The Salesman graced the nominations list as a candidate - and went on to win best foreign film on Sunday - offered quite a few strong words for President Donald Trump's ban on refugees. The director explained how he had originally planned to attend the ceremony and use the opportunity to talk to the press about the current state of affairs, but in light of the ban, there's a noted uncertainty attached to that. While it's imperative to read the full length of the statement, this excerpt is perhaps the sentiment that resonates the loudest: It now seems that the possibility of this presence is being accompanied by ifs and buts, which are in no way acceptable to me »

- Ryan Roschke

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Oscars 2017: Full list of winners – as they happen

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Sunday’s 89th Academy Awards are underway at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney took to the stage at the Dolby Theatre in a popular adapted screenplay win for Moonlight as the drama earned its second win of the night.

Moments earlier Kenneth Lonergan accepted the original screenplay award for Manchester By The Sea in the film’s first prize. Ben Affleck and Matt Damon – winners of this award for Good Will Hunting 19 years ago – presented the honour to Lonergan. Damon was a producer on the film.

Meryl Streep used her Oscar show platform to pay subtle homage to the unifying power of film when she joined Javier Bardem on stage at the Dolby Theatre to present the cinematography award.

Truth is hard to reveal,” Streep said, “but when it happens on the movie screen filmgoers no matter where they are from, feel their hearts soar.”

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If ‘The Salesman’ Wins the Oscar, These Two Iranian-American Heroes Will Accept the Award

17 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Asghar Farhadi’s “The Salesman” is considered by many to be the frontrunner for the Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film, but the writer/director won’t be attending tonight’s ceremony. Farhadi — who previously won the prize for “A Separation” — has chosen to boycott the Oscars due to Donald Trump’s Muslim ban, which has since suffered several defeats in court. Going in the filmmaker’s stead are two Iranian-Americans: Anousheh Ansari and Firouz Naderi.

Read More: ‘The Salesman’ Director Asghar Farhadi Won’t Attend Oscars, Citing Muslim Ban

Ansari, who moved to the United States in 1984, is a space tourist with the distinction of being the first Iranian in space, the first Muslim in space and the first self-funded female explorer to make her way to the International Space Station; Naderi worked at Nasa for more than three decades, including stints as director of Solar System Exploration and »

- Michael Nordine

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Foreign-Language Oscar Nominees Make Joint Political Statement

24 February 2017 5:05 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

In the 2017 Oscar race, politics have informed several Oscar categories, most notably Best Foreign Language Film.

Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, who won an Oscar in 2012 for “A Separation” and whose second Oscar-nominated film, “The Salesman” (Cohen Media), is playing on more than 65 screens and has passed the $1 million mark, grabbed a lot of press when he canceled his plans to attend the February 26th Oscars ceremony following Trump’s Muslim travel ban for visitors from seven countries, including Iran. (Farhadi’s full statement is here.) He is currently the favorite to win the Oscar.

Read More: Why Asghar Farhadi’s ‘The Salesman’ Should Win the Foreign Language Oscar — Consider This

Before and just after the Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon on February 6, Farhadi communicated with his four fellow foreign directors — Maren Ade of “Toni Erdmann,” Hannes Holm of “A Man Called Ove,” Martin Zandvliet of “Land of Mine” and Bentley Dean and Martin Butler of “Tanna. »

- Anne Thompson

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Foreign-Language Oscar Nominees Make Joint Political Statement

24 February 2017 5:05 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In the 2017 Oscar race, politics have informed several Oscar categories, most notably Best Foreign Language Film.

Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, who won an Oscar in 2012 for “A Separation” and whose second Oscar-nominated film, “The Salesman” (Cohen Media), is playing on more than 65 screens and has passed the $1 million mark, grabbed a lot of press when he canceled his plans to attend the February 26th Oscars ceremony following Trump’s Muslim travel ban for visitors from seven countries, including Iran. (Farhadi’s full statement is here.) He is currently the favorite to win the Oscar.

Read More: Why Asghar Farhadi’s ‘The Salesman’ Should Win the Foreign Language Oscar — Consider This

Before and just after the Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon on February 6, Farhadi communicated with his four fellow foreign directors — Maren Ade of “Toni Erdmann,” Hannes Holm of “A Man Called Ove,” Martin Zandvliet of “Land of Mine” and Bentley Dean and Martin Butler of “Tanna. »

- Anne Thompson

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IndieWire’s Final Oscar 2017 Predictions: ‘La La Land’ Will Win Nine of Its 14 Nominations

24 February 2017 7:53 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Sunday’s Oscars 2017 are driven by two competing narratives. The question is which one will dominate the night.

We know Damien Chazelle’s retro musical “La La Land” (Lionsgate) will take home a slew of Oscars. But out of its record-tying 14 nominations, will it win five, like the BAFTAs? Seven, like its Golden Globes sweep? Or can it break the record of 11? (Three epic spectacles hold the record for most Oscar wins: “Titanic,” “Ben-Hur,” and “Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.”) “West Side Story” holds the record for a musical, with 10 wins.

Check my predictions below: By my “La La Land” tally, it’s nine.

The second story of the night: a dramatic course correction a year after #Oscarsowhite. The Academy actors’ branch nominated a record seven actors of color: familiar faces Octavia Spencer (Fox’s “Hidden Figures”) and Paramount’s “Fences” stars Denzel Washington (his eighth nomination »

- Anne Thompson

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My Complete and Fearless 2017 Oscar Predictions

22 February 2017 10:15 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Now that the ballots are en route to the 89th Academy Awards, it is time for us to predict who will be the big winners! Damien Chazelle.s .La La Land. dominated the nominations with 14 nods but will it shine on Oscar night at the city of stars? I.m predicting that the romance musical will take home 11 awards including Best Picture! The musical will only lose in the actor (sorry Ryan Gosling), original screenplay, and to its own .Audition. in the original song categories.

And you know why .La La Land. will win big? Because when the country is in turmoil, popular culture swings to the opposite way. And the film, with its sweet rose-colored palette and fancy production numbers made us all happy. And Hollywood wants us all happy.

We.ll find out all the happy Oscar winners on Sunday at 5 p.m. Join me on my Facebook page, »

- Manny

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Recommended Discs & Deals: ‘Manchester by the Sea,’ ‘Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,’ and More

21 February 2017 7:44 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

Fireworks Wednesday (Asghar Farhadi)

After a festival tour back in 2006, Asghar Farhadi’s Fireworks Wednesday was theatrically re-released by the newly established Grasshopper Films, and now it’s arriving on DVD. The drama is another precisely calibrated, culturally specific demonstration of Farhadi’s skills in constructing empathy machines. Further in line with the director’s filmography, this story has a nesting-doll structure that combines ingrained social hierarchies, domestic drama, and a tragic intersection of misunderstandings. And while it »

- The Film Stage

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Arthouse Audit: ‘I Am Not Your Negro’ Soars as ‘Kedi’ Continues Strong

19 February 2017 9:43 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

A successful Oscar season is wrapping up, as multiple contenders from the specialty world continuing their long runs. Last out of the gate is Documentary Feature contender “I Am Not Your Negro” (Magnolia) which is rapidly expanding far beyond most similar nominees in an era when most documentaries do not play outside their Oscar-qualifying theatrical runs.

Among limited films, the new releases are mainly niche items without high expectations, and will add little in upcoming weeks. However, strong new Los Angeles dates on the second week of cat documentary “Kedi” (Oscilloscope) showed that its big New York opening was no fluke.

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Everybody Loves Somebody (Lionsgate) – Metacritic: 74; Festivals include: Palm Springs 2017

$1,000,000 in 333 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $3,003,000

The second 2017 release from Lionsgate’s Mexico producing partner Pantelion is a rom-com with a rare female director for this commercial general (mostly Latino) audience. Bilingual, it centers on an Los Angeles-based »

- Tom Brueggemann

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‘The Salesman’: Will Academy Members Give it an Oscar To Protest Trump?

18 February 2017 2:47 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

As voters hover over their ballots, which are due February 21, the Best Foreign-Language Feature category presents a dilemma that’s unique to this year. Traditionally, many don’t vote in this category unless they’ve seen all the films. While the Academy sends links as well as screeners for all five nominees, it’s an honor system.

No one’s asking them to do anything differently now, but this year they may have a different reason to vote. Three out of the five documentary short Oscars focus on fallout from the Syrian conflict, as does documentary feature “Fire at Sea.”

Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, who won an Oscar in 2012 for “A Separation” and whose second Oscar-nominated film, “The Salesman” (Cohen Media), is playing on more than 65 screens and could pass the $1 million mark this weekend, grabbed a lot of press when he canceled his plans to attend the February 26th »

- Anne Thompson

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‘The Salesman’: Will Academy Members Give it an Oscar To Protest Trump?

18 February 2017 2:47 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

As voters hover over their ballots, which are due February 21, the Best Foreign-Language Feature category presents a dilemma that’s unique to this year. Traditionally, many don’t vote in this category unless they’ve seen all the films. While the Academy sends links as well as screeners for all five nominees, it’s an honor system.

No one’s asking them to do anything differently now, but this year they may have a different reason to vote. Three out of the five documentary short Oscars focus on fallout from the Syrian conflict, as does documentary feature “Fire at Sea.”

Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, who won an Oscar in 2012 for “A Separation” and whose second Oscar-nominated film, “The Salesman” (Cohen Media), is playing on more than 65 screens and could pass the $1 million mark this weekend, grabbed a lot of press when he canceled his plans to attend the February 26th »

- Anne Thompson

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Oscars 2017: Which Country Nominated For Best Foreign Language Film Has the Best Track Record of Winning?

15 February 2017 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

‘The Salesman’ (Courtesy: Amazon Studios and Cohen Media Group)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

The one chance for the entire world to get involved with the Academy Awards has always been the best foreign language film category. Since any country can submit a film each year, though, that means the competition is intense. Let’s take a look at the countries that have snagged nominations this year and see how they’ve performed in the past in the hopes of shedding some light on what might happen come February 26.

This year the five nominees for best foreign language film are Land of Mine from Denmark, A Man Called Ove from Sweden, The Salesman from Iran, Tanna from Australia, and Toni Erdmann from Germany. The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg lists The Salesman as the frontrunner in this category — obviously due to the film’s merits and also potentially due to its director, »

- Carson Blackwelder

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Asghar Farhadi’s ‘The Salesman’ to Get Free Oscar-Night Premiere in London

14 February 2017 6:27 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar-nominated Iranian drama “The Salesman” will receive a free open-air premiere in London on Feb. 26, the night of the Oscars ceremony. London mayor Sadiq Khan will host the screening as part of his ‘London is open’ campaign, celebrating the British capital’s diversity.

The screening will see London’s iconic Trafalgar Square transformed into a public cinema for an audience of up to 10,000 people just hours before the start of the Academy Awards in Los Angeles, where “The Salesman” is nominated for best foreign language film.

“Screening ‘The Salesman’ in Trafalgar Square has a great symbolic value for me,” said Farhadi. “The gathering of the audience around ‘The Salesman’ in this famous London square is a symbol of unity against the division and separation of people. I welcome and appreciate this invaluable show of solidarity.”

Farhadi announced last month that he would not attend the Oscars in »

- Robert Mitchell

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