Away from it all in California and Academy Award to Iranian
There is something still very special about California. It is a big place with a big economy. There are enclaves for the 1%, where stars are born, live, work, and play where the skies are not cloudy all day. Where seldom is heard a discouraging word, except Santorum can’t beat Obama.
I have been to the mountain top. I have walked the links. I basked in the sunshine.
There is hope. I watched the Academy Awards show last night and saw an Iranian director win an award for his film with a plea for the world to understand that Iranian people are not represented by mullahs and supreme leaders.
“Iranian drama 'A Separation' wins best foreign language film Oscar
Article by: JAKE COYLE , Associated Press
In a humble speech amid tense times, Asghar Farhadi accepted Iran's first Oscar for best foreign film as a chance to celebrate a culture "hidden under the heavy dust of politics."
It was a stirring reminder, instantly hailed at the Los Angeles ceremony and around the globe, of the human side behind rising geopolitical animosity.
The acclaimed domestic drama "A Separation" is the first Iranian film to win the award. The only other Iranian movie ever nominated was 1997's "Children of Heaven," which was defeated by Italy's "Life Is Beautiful."
Farhadi, who wrote and directed "A Separation," alluded to the tensions over his home country in his acceptance speech.
"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," he said.
With his daughter, Sarina Farhadi, who co-stars in the film, looking on from the audience, Farhadi added: "I proudly offer this award to the people of my country, the people who respect all cultures and civilizations and despise hostility and resentment."
Tensions between the West and Iran have risen in recent months over Tehran's nuclear program. Iran denies Western claims that it seeks to develop atomic weapons, and says its disputed nuclear program is designed to produce energy and medical isotopes.
Iran's state TV didn't strike such a harmonious tone. It described the country's foreign film Oscar win as a victory over Israel. The Israeli film "Footnote," about a rivalry between father-son Talmudic scholars, was also nominated in the foreign film category.”
Let me remind the Hollywood community that the Obama doctrine will have Israel pile more dust atop Iranians if they fail to topple a regime hell bent on hostility toward free people.