Expressing his regret, Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi has confirmed that he will not attend the Academy Awards on February 26 — “even if exceptions were to be made for my trip,” he said in a statement today. Word had begun to spread yesterday that an executive order signed by President Donald Trump on Friday, which prohibits entry into the U.S. from seven predominantly Muslim countries including Iran, could prevent the 2012 Oscar winner and current nominee from traveling to Los Angeles. Farhadi won the Best Foreign Language Oscar in 2012 for A Separation and is nominated again this year in the same category for The Salesman. On Saturday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences called the possibility that Farhadi could be prohibited from attending the Oscars due to the ban “extremely troubling.” Hollywood also responded in solidarity. Related Story At ‘O Minus-54,’ The Oscars Are Closer Than You Think In the statement released today by his Canadian distributor Elevation Pictures, quoting a New York Times interview, Farhadi said he had fully intended to attend the ceremony, and share his “opinions about these circumstances” with the local press. “I neither had the intention to not attend nor did I want to boycott… Read full this story
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