And the oscar for best reaction goes to... The Iranians
The director of the Iranian film A Separation, which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film last night, delivered a heartfelt plea for the people of Iran to be recognised for their contributions to culture and not just for the harsh words exchanged lately between political officials.
"At this time many Iranians all over the world are watching us and I imagine them to be very happy. They are happy not just because of an important award or a film or a filmmaker, but because at the time when talk of war, intimidation, and aggression is exchanged between politicians, the name of their country, Iran, is spoken here through her glorious culture, a rich and ancient culture that has been hidden under the heavy dust of politics. I proudly offer this award to the people of my country, the people who respect all cultures and civilisations and despise hostility and resentment."