As predictable as this years Oscarcast was — perhaps more so than any recent year I can recall — there were some moving moments, as when Asghar Farhadi won for the Iranian film “A Separation.”
With the current standoff over Iran’s development of a nuclear program, and attention on whether Israel will take action to halt its development, Farhadi’s speech was loaded with political meaning.
“At this time, many Iranians all over the world are watching us and I imagine them to be very happy,” he said.
“At a time of talk of war, intimidation and aggression is exchanged between politicians, the name of their county, Iran, is spoken here through her glorious culture, a rich and ancient culture that has been hidden under the heavy dust of politics.”
“I proudly offer this award to the people of my country, the people who respect all cultures and civilizations and despise hostility and resentment.”
A delegation from the Academy, including Sid Ganis and Annette Bening, visited Iran in March, 2009, in what was supposed to be a cultural exchange. But that was just a couple of months before the green protests.