During the Oscars on Sunday night, the film “The Salesman” won the Award for Best Foreign Film.

A statement was released by the five directors nominated for Foreign Films about the travel ban put in place by the Trump Administration:


Last month, in the wake of President Donald Trump’s executive order that banned most travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries, including Iran, Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, who was nominated in the category for his film “The Salesman,” told the New York Times that he would not be attending the awards show.

And this statement was read as the award was given:

This got the notice of Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif: