-- The five directors nominated for the best foreign language film Oscar this year released a group statement Friday denouncing “the climate of fanaticism and nationalism we see today in the US and some many other countries."
Though they did not mention any leader by name, the directors expressed their "unanimous and emphatic disapproval" of "leading politicians" whom they believe influence those attitudes.
The Oscar will be presented at the Academy Awards on Sunday night.
"The fear generated by dividing us into genders, colors, religions and sexualities as a means to justify violence destroys the things that we depend on – not only as artists but as humans: the diversity of cultures, the chance to be enriched by something seemingly 'foreign' and the belief that human encounters can change us for the better," they stated. "These divisive walls prevent people from experiencing something simple but fundamental: from discovering that we are all not so different."
Though the one-time Oscar winner said that he had originally planned to travel to Hollywood for the ceremony, "the possibility of this presence is being accompanied by ifs and buts which are in no way acceptable to me even exceptions were to be made for my trip."
"Hard-liners, despite their nationalities, political arguments and wars, regard and understand the world in very much the same way," Farhadi said. "In order to understand the world, they have no choice but to regard it via an 'us and them' mentality, which they use to create a fearful image of 'them' and inflict fear in the people of their own countries."
Prior to those rulings, a spokesperson for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released a statement in support of Farhadi.