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Oscars 2017: Donald Trump Travel Ban Can Lead To Cancellation

Donald Trump’s travel ban on a certain number of Muslim countries has caused a furor in public. It looks like the ban may not just affect refugees and immigrants but also the participants in Oscars 2017. Many celebrities have openly talked about their disagreement with the step taken by the President.

Oscars 2017 is going to broadcast on Feb. 26, 2017. With the new restrictions in travel policy, it may be possible that some nominees may not be able to make it. Some outstation nominees expressed their displeasure to be a part of the awards show because of the political environment.

Oscars 2017: Fate Of Biggest Event Of The Year

There are rumors that Oscars 2017 may be called off because of the current political changes in the USA. If that happens, it will be the first time the Academy Awards is heading towards a cancellation. It is easier said than done though. Cancellation will bring a huge dent on the credibility of the Academy Awards let alone huge losses.

The annual event is a get together of the best in the film industry not only from USA but also from rest of the world. The ones facing the most trouble due to the travel ban are the filmmakers in the foreign film category nominations like Iranian director Asghar Farhadi.

Iranian Director Asghar Farhadi To Skip Oscars

Farhadi is the running for an Oscar for Foreign Language Film, The Salesman. However, he has decided he wouldn’t attend the Oscars even if a special arrangement is made for him. He says, “I hereby express my condemnation of the unjust conditions forced upon some of my compatriots and the citizens of the other six countries trying to legally enter the United States of America and hope that the current situation will not give rise to further divide between nations.” Even the star from The Salesman, Taraneh Alidoosti is going to the boycott the event, reports Vox.

On the other hand, a White House source confirmed that Asghar Farhadi would qualify for a waiver to allow him to enter the U.S. and attend the award ceremony. Even the Academy expressed their displeasure against the government over Farhadi not being able to attend the 89th Academy Awards ceremony. They say that they find it extremely disappointing that Farhadi may “barred from entering the country because of their religion or country of origin.”

Meryl Steep’s scathing speech against Donald Trump is still fresh in the memory of people. Often a platform like that of Oscars gives opportunities for filmmakers and actors to reach out to masses. Will a politically loaded speech also find its way during the Oscars 2017? We will have to wait and see!

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