Also in 2015, Trump reiterated his 2014 desire to host to the awards show: In a frighteningly bombastic Instagram video, he argued that the the solution to the Oscars' trenchant problems would be he, himself, Donald Trump. "It was a little sad".
After all the hits he took at the Oscars, everyone knew that it was only a matter of time until our pop-culture-obsessed president responded. It's even necessary in these tumultuous times, and I only hope that in years to come both at the Oscars and outside, even when the diversity spotlight is slightly off the Academy, this kind of platform-using will continue.
But then came that end, when one of the biggest, most epic fiascos in the history of the Oscars occurred.
An incredible 200 million more viewers around the globe are set to tune into the ceremony than the one billion who watched previous year. "I want to say thank you to President Trump", Kimmel said at one point.
Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel recently teased how he will tackle Trump, saying: "I don't think it will be very political". "It's gone thanks to him".
President Donald Trump said Monday that this year's Academy Awards failed on Sunday because of Hollywood's obsession with him and politics in general.
Best Actress nominee Meryl Streep harangued Trump at length just weeks ago at the Golden Globes.
The sharpest statements at the Academy Awards took aim at the Trump administration's efforts to restrict entry into the United States.
The prepared statement by Best Foreign Language Film victor Asghar Farhadi, delivered by the Iranian-American engineer Anousheh Ansari, was a forceful denunciation of "the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants to the USA", and of the enmity that could serve as "a deceitful justification for aggression and war". "Dividing the world into the us and our enemies categories creates fear". "Hey @realDonaldTrump u up?" he wrote, adding in a second tweet, "@realDonaldTrump #Merylsayshi".
The ceremony then progressed as actors, directors and other people from the film industry expressed their opinions on the POTUS's stance on immigrants, Mexicans and the travel ban. We criticise celebrities when we perceive them to be vapid, and we criticise them when they attempt not to be. Gael García Bernal spoke out against the planned wall on the border with Mexico, and Ezra Edelman, who directed the Best Documentary Feature, "O.J.: Made in America", spoke of "victims of police violence, police brutality, racially motivated violence, and criminal injustice".
There were sympathizers of Hispanic Americans last night too, who didn't miss the opportunity to attack Trump for his apparent hostile rhetoric towards the community.