Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi has won the Oscar for the best foreign language film.

Farhadi did not attend this year’s gala in protest at a travel ban by US President Donald Trump that targeted Iranian citizens along with those of six other nations. Iranian engineer and astronaut Anousheh Ansari received the award on behalf of Farhadi. She read a statement by the award-winning director, saying he skipped this year’s Oscars in solidarity with the nations targeted by Trump’s immigration policies.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has also congratulated on the achievement. He praised the film’s cast and crew in a tweet for the Oscar and stance against the US Muslim ban. Farhadi’s drama recounts the story of a young couple in the backdrop of their performance of Arthur Miller’s ‘Death of a Salesman’. ‘The Salesman’ won two awards at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival last May. It was also nominated for the Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice Award among several other national and international credits. Farhadi won Iran’s first-ever Academy Award with his drama ‘A Separation’ in 2012.

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