Rami Malek, son of Egyptian immigrants, has won an Oscar for Actor in a leading role. He played the role of Freddie Mercury, an iconic singer, in Bohemian Rhapsody. Malek said it was a ‘monumental moment’.
“I am the son of immigrants from Egypt. I am a first-generation American.” He said he will treasure the moment for the rest of his life. Clutching the Oscar, Malek said it was beyond his expectation.
Related Article:Rishi Kapoor’s ancestral home in Peshawar to become a museum
The 2019 Oscars has been much as political as it could get, giving recognition to immigrants and shout-outs to Mexicans. Maya Rudolph set the dais rolling saying there is no host, there won’t be a Popular Movie category and ‘Mexico is not paying for the wall’. Moreover, Javier Bardem, a presenter in the Best Foreign Language Film category said there are no borders or walls that can restrain ingenuity and talent. He said “In any region of any country of any continent there are always great stories that move us. And tonight we celebrate the excellence and importance of the cultures and languages of different countries.”
Spike Lee, who won an Oscar for the Best Adapted Screenplay BlacKkKlansman urged the audience to vote out of office a president who redefined controversy and division as a winning political strategy. He said “The 2020 presidential election is around the corner, let’s all mobilize. Let’s all be on the right side of history”. Lee championed the people to make the moral choice between love versus hate.
Related Article:Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad awarded for Nobel peace prize 2018
The US President Donald Trump took up the anti-immigrant policy as soon as he took up the presidential office. Reports say that Trump’s focus has been on the Latin-American and Muslim-majority countries. In the 2016 presidential election campaign, Trump had made immigration a tent pole issue. He has been very discriminating towards Mexicans and labeled them from criminals, drug dealers to rapists. And his bid to build a ‘wall’ on the US – Mexico border has so far been unsuccessful.