Oscars 2017

Iranian Director Who Boycotted Oscars Wins: Trump’s Ban Is 'Inhumane'

'My absence is out of respect for the people of my country,' The Salesman director Asghar Farhadi's surrogate says at Oscars ceremony.

Iranian-US engineer Anousheh Ansari (C) accepts on behalf of Iranian director Asghar Farhadi the award for Best Foreign Language Film for "The Salesman" from US actress Shirley MacLaine (L) at the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.
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Asghar Farhadi, the Iranian director who boycotted this year's Oscar ceremony in protest of U.S. President Donald Trump won the prize for Best Foreign Film on Sunday for his move The Salesman.

A surrogate for the director blasted Trump in Farhadi's name describing Trump's attempt to ban immigration from predominantly Muslim countries as "inhumane."

"My absence is out of respect for the people of my country," a statement for the director said, "and those of the other six nations who have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants to the U.S."

"Dividing the world into 'us' and 'our enemies' categories creates fear, a deceitful justification for aggression and war," the statement continued.

FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2016 file photo, Iranian director Asghar Farhadi poses for a photo during the premiere of his film, "The Salesman, in Paris.
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Meanwhile, in Trafalgar Square in London, thousands gathered for a public screening for the "The Salesman."

Ahead of the ceremony, the semi-official Iranian ISNA news agency reported that Anousheh Ansari, famed for being the first female space tourist, and Dr. Firouz Naderi, director of Solar Systems Exploration at NASA, will be Asghar Farhadi's representatives at this year's Academy Awards.

Farhadi, an acclaimed director whose film, "The Salesman," was nominated for best foreign language film announced January when President Trump's travel ban was initially issued that he would not be attending the ceremony in protest, even if exceptions were made for him.

Farhadi became the first Iranian to win an Oscar, for his 2011 film, "A Separation."