How Donald Trump's Muslim Travel Ban Could Impact The 2017 Oscars

Posted January 29, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump's controversial plan to control immigration, justified under the aim of preventing a terrorist attack, will prohibit Oscar-nominated Iranian director Asghar Farhadi from attending the award ceremony.

The director is nominated in the foreign-language category for his film The Salesman. He's no stranger to the award season circuit - he attended the 2012 Oscars where he took home the statue for his critically acclaimed film, A Separation.

The executive order will mean that those who are currently in Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia with Green Card, visas and so forth and intended to travel to the United States will now no longer be allowed to enter the country. Author Trita Parsi, who leads non-profit organisation National Iran-American Council, confirmed that Farhadi will not be allowed into the country under Trump's executive order.

This was followed by a statement from the Tribeca Film Festival, calling the executive order "heartbreaking and unacceptable".

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Hadi Nili, a BBC correspondent, however, later responded that the director's office has declared that there is no "legal obstacle" that now prevents Farhadi from visiting the U.S. According to Nili, the Iranian director hasn't decided on whether he would attend the Oscars ceremony.

Farhadi's reps and studio reps for The Salesman did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment. "Whether this will include a cultural event or not, I won't attend the [Academy Awards] in protest", she wrote on Twitter.

"We don't want them here", Trump said while signing the order at the Pentagon. The film made history by becoming the first Iranian film to win an Academy Award. Earlier in the week, actress Taraneh Alidoosti, who stars in both A Separation and The Salesman, tweeted that she would boycott the awards to protest what was then a proposed ban.