Mar 03, 2017
By Michael Kramer
Hundreds of Iranians gathered at Tehran Cinema Museum to celebrate Asghar Farhadi’s Academy Awards win – for best foreign language film.
The Friday gathering congratulated Farhadi and his film crew on “The Salesman” with a standing ovation.
In a brief speech, Farhadi said the film was not a pre-planned project – and added that he decided to make the film by chance – “and I am happy that I made the decision.”
He said his Oscar win was not merely a personal success – but also an award for those who contributed to his achievements.
This was Farhadi’s second Oscar for best foreign language film. He won Iran’s first in 2012 with “A Separation”.
Farhadi boycotted this year’s ceremony – to protest U.S. President Trump’s now-suspended travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries including Iran.