Oscars Political Speeches: Watch Videos

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Oscars Political Speeches

By Andrew Shuster |

Oscars Political Speeches

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The 2017 Oscars got political on Sunday night, with many presenters and winners making references to world issues. See a few of the highlights from the Academy Awards in the videos below.

Host Jimmy Kimmel began his monologue by noting the “country is divided,” and admitted he couldn’t unite people, but suggested everyone reach out to someone for a “positive conversation” to “make American great again.” The host went on to talk about the “overrated” Meryl Streep, a reference to President Donald Trump’s tweet about the actress, and then asked if she was wearing an “Ivanka.” He added, “I want to say thank you to President Trump. Remember last year when it seemed like the Oscars were racist?”

Shortly later in the show, Kimmel made a reference to reporters being banned from last week’s White House press briefing, saying, “If you’re from CNN or the L.A. or New York Times, if you work for anything with the word ‘Times’ in it, even like Medieval Times, I’d like to ask you to leave the building right now, ok?” He added, “We have no tolerance for fake news. Fake tans we love, but not fake news.”

Meanwhile, Gael Garcia Bernal addressed Trump’s plans to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico while presenting the award for Best Animated Feature Film. “As a Mexican, Latin-American, migrant worker, human being, I’m against any form of wall that wants to separates us,” said the actor. Watch the videos below.

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