However, when it was Gael Garcia Bernal’s turn to take the stage, presenting the award for Best Animated Feature Film alongside Hailee Steinfeld, the Mexican actor and renowned political activist utilised his opportunity to speak out.
“As a Mexican, as a migrant worker, as a human being, I’m against any form of wall that separates us,” he stated.
Bernal has repeatedly spoken out against Trump’s plan for a border wall between the US and Mexico in the past, having starred in the 2015 film Desierto; where he starred as a Mexican immigrant worker attempting to cross the borderline while hunted down by a merciless vigilante, played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
The evening also saw a touching political statement from Best Foreign Language Film winner Asghar Farhadi, who decided not to attend the Academy Awards in protest of Donald Trump’s ‘Muslim’ ban.
More to follow.