“There are no borders or walls that can restrain ingenuity and talent,” the Oscar-winning Spanish actor says.
Javier Bardem used his platform at the 91st Academy Awards to send President Donald Trump a message about his intended border wall.
Joined by Oscar-nominated actress Angela Bassett, the Oscar-winning actor took the stage at Hollywood’s Dolby Theater Sunday night to announce the nominees for this year’s Best Foreign Film.
But before giving the win to Mexican drama "Roma," the Spanish actor said in Spanish, "There are no borders or walls that can restrain ingenuity and talent. 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."
Bassett adorably added, "Claro que sí."
But Bardem wasn’t the only A-lister to take aim at Trump’s wall. "Saturday Night Live" star and comedian Maya Rudolph also took a jab at POTUS’ plans, playfully telling the audience at the start of the evening, "So just a quick update for everybody in case you’re confused: There is no host tonight, there won’t be a popular movie category and Mexico is not paying for the wall."
The 2019 Oscars are airing live tonight on ABC starting at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.
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