Lupita Nyong’o and Kumail Nanjiani said they “stand with Dreamers” at the Oscars 2018.
The stars were presenting the award for Best Production Design at the Hollywood ceremony last night (March 4) when they made the comments. Today is the “end date” for America’s DACA (Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals) immigration programme, after the Trump administration scrapped the initiative last year.
“We are dreamers,” said Nyong’o. “We grew up dreaming of one day working in the movies. Dreams are the foundation of Hollywood and dreams are the foundation of America.” Nanjiani added: “And to all the Dreamers out there, we stand with you.”
Earlier in the evening, Nanjiani had received huge cheers from the crowd during a video highlighting the need for diversity and equality in the industry. The Big Sick star and writer said: “Some of my favourite movies are movies by straight white dudes about straight white dudes.
“Now, straight white dudes can watch movies starring me, and you relate to that. It’s not that hard. I’ve done it my whole life.”
He added later in the video that his wife and collaborator Emily Gordon “wanted to have a website called ‘Muslims having fun’.” The actor described it as “Muslims eating ice cream, and riding rollercoasters, and laughing, and having fun”. “She gets to see that, and most of America doesn’t,” he explained.