Oscars organisers worried that Trump’s ban will affect Iranian movie nominees

Oscar-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi on his new film ‘The Salesman’

BBC – Oscars organisers have said it is “extremely troubling” that the makers of an Iranian film nominated for an Academy Award may be barred from entering the US.

The Salesman, from director Asghar Farhadi, is nominated for best foreign-language film.

Lead actress Taraneh Alidoosti has said she will boycott the ceremony.

This year’s Academy Awards take place on 26 February, during the 90-day order banning Iranian nationals from the US.

An Academy spokeswoman said: “As supporters of film-makers – and the human rights of all people – around the globe, we find it extremely troubling that Asghar Farhadi, the director of the Oscar-winning film from Iran A Separation, along with the cast and crew of this year’s Oscar-nominated film The Salesman, could be barred from entering the country because of their religion or country of origin.”

The Academy said it celebrates film-making “which seeks to transcend borders and speak to audiences around the world, regardless of national, ethnic, or religious differences”.

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