Spirit Awards: Casey Affleck Talks "Abhorrent" and "Un-American" Trump Policies
"The policies of this administration are abhorrent, and they won't last," said Affleck upon winning the best actor award for 'Manchester by the Sea.'
Political discourse certainly didn't take over the Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, but later on in the show, award winner Casey Affleck took his opportunity onstage to address President Trump.
"The policies of this administration are abhorrent, and they won't last," said Affleck upon winning the best actor award for his performance in Manchester by the Sea at the awards show Saturday.
"You don't have to clap out of obligation," he told the audience as applause erupted in the crowd. "They're really un-American," he added of the policies of the Trump administration.
Twitter users applauded the actor on Saturday for arriving at the show in a shirt that read "Love" in Arabic.
Speeches touching on unity or policy were not as common during the Spirits as they were during other events this awards season, but a few winners did mention Trump and his cabinet throughout the day, with the hosts especially singling out the president and his advisers in their monologue.
The 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards were hosted by John Mulaney and Nick Kroll, airing live on IFC from the Santa Monica Pier.
In their monologue, the comedians took a jab at Steve Bannon ("He only got the job because he's so hot") and Trump's Twitter rhetoric.
"These films are, to quote the president, 'Sad!'" said Mulaney, with Kroll adding, "These movies were so harsh, I had to watch A Dog's Purpose to cheer up!"
"Hey Trump, you and Robert Durst are both rich sociopaths from New York," joked Mulaney, "but somehow Robert Durst is more likable."
Spa Night writer-director Andrew Ahn, who won the John Cassavetes Award, delivered a message of unity in his acceptance speech. "We support stories about communities that are marginalized," he said, adding that he believes in "humanizing these communities so that we can't be pushed aside, labeled as other. We are part of this great country and we are undeniable."