Oscars: Kumail Nanjiani and Lupita Nyong'o Send Message of Solidarity to Dreamers
“And to all the Dreamers out there, we stand with you."
Lupita Nyong'o and Kumail Nanjiani, who were on hand to present the Oscar for best production design on Sunday night, gave a shout-out to Dreamers amid the ongoing immigration debate in America.
“We are dreamers. We grew up dreaming of one day working in the movies. Dreams are the foundation of America," the Black Panther actress, who is from Kenya, said. Nanjiani, who is from Pakistan and Iowa, added, “And to all the Dreamers out there, we stand with you."
Nanjiani and wife Emily V. Gordon's original screenplay for The Big Sick was nominated at the awards, while Nyong'o was on hand to support Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Introducing the performance for best original song nominee "Remember Me" from Coco, Eugenio Derbez added, "In the afterworld, there are no walls."
Upon accepting the award for best animated feature, the Coco creators shared a similar message. Producer Darla K. Anderson said, "Thank you to the Academy, we're so happy. Coco is proof that art can change and connect the world, and this can only be done when we have a place for everyone, and anyone who feels like an other can be heard."
Co-director Lee Unkrich added: "The biggest thank-you of all to the people of Mexico. Coco would not exist without your endlessly beautiful culture and traditions. With Coco we tried to take a step forward toward a world where all children can grow up seeing characters in movies that look and talk and live like they do. Marginalized people deserve to feel like they belong. Representation matters."
Earlier in the ceremony, host Jimmy Kimmel took other shots at President Trump, joking that Trump very much liked the first three-quarters of Get Out. Kimmel later worked in a joke about Hope Hicks quitting her position as communications director last week. "Where there is light, there is always hope. Except at the White House. Hope quit on Wednesday," Kimmel said.