Marty Preciado
February 27, 2017 12:50 pm

Talk about a heart-racing Oscars night! From emotionally-charged speeches to a huge plot twist, the 89th Academy Awards did not fail to entertain.

But in the midst of the chaos and constant “what just happened?!” moments, let’s focus on the night’s powerful messages — from Viola Davis to Asghar Farhadi, the Iranian film director won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

Farhadi actually boycotted the ceremony. Instead, Anousheh Ansari, the first Iranian woman in space, accepted the award and read a statement on behalf of the director:

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The night continued with awards and jokes, some better than others. Then Hailee Steinfeld and Gael García Bernal came out to present the award for Best Animated Feature Film. With thousands of attendees and millions of viewers worldwide, the Mexican actor and filmmaker used his time on stage to amplify his stance and condemn President Trump’s wall. Gael said:

Hailee and Gael announced Zootopia as the winner, and when Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Clark Spencer went on stage to accept the award, they also addressed xenophobia.

Gael García has starred in masterpieces such as Michel Gondry’s The Science of Sleep and Alejandro G Iñárritú’s Amores Perros. (Side story, last year Iñárritu also delivered a powerful message about race during the ceremony.)

The night was filled with so many powerful speeches that shed light on so many important truths. We are so happy that Gael García Bernal – and all those who spoke out – used their voices and platforms to address the fears of many.  

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