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Iranian Actress To Protest Trump Policies By Boycotting Oscar Awards

Iranian actress Taraneh Alidoosti (file photo)

Iranian actress Taraneh Alidoosti, star of the Oscar-nominated film The Salesman, says she will protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's anti-immigration policies by refusing to attend the Academy Awards ceremonies next month.

Alidoosti said on Twitter on January 26 that Trump's reported plans for a temporary visa ban against Iranians was "racist."

The Salesman, which was directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, was nominated for best foreign-language film.

The Oscar ceremonies are scheduled for February 26.

President Trump signed two executive orders on January 25 as part of sweeping anti-immigration measures that are expected in the coming days.

Media reports say further measures will include a temporary ban on refugees and the suspension of U.S. visas for citizens of Syria, Iraq, Iran, and other Muslim countries.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP