The Oscars 2017 are upon us once again. Jimmy Kimmel will be hosting the 89th annual Academy Awards ceremony, which airs Sunday, February 26, at 8:30 pm EST on ABC. The event will officially conclude a long awards season marked by repeat winners.
The 2017 Oscars have already seen their fair share of controversy, and we’re not even talking about La La Land’s likely Best Picture win over critical darling Moonlight. In January, President Trump’s controversial immigration ban threw the attendance of some nominees into question.
The Syrian rescue workers at the center of Best Documentary Feature nominee The White Helmets have secured visas to attend the ceremony, but the Department of Homeland Security just blocked its cinematographer Khaled Khateeb from entering the country.
Iranian director (and previous Oscar winner) Asghar Farhadi, who helmed Best Foreign Film nominee The Salesman, declared that he wouldn’t attend the ceremony even if he were granted an exception. The same is true for Salesman star Taraneh Alidoosti.
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