Iranian actress to shun Oscars in protest of Trump immigrant ban

(Reuters) - The star of Iran's Oscar-nominated movie "The Salesman" said on Thursday she would not attend the Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood next month because of U.S. President Donald Trump's proposed ban on immigrants from Muslim nations.

Taraneh Alidoosti, 33, a Tehran-born actress, said the move was racist.

"Trump's visa ban for Iranians is racist. Whether this will include a cultural event or not, I won't attend the #AcademyAwards 2017 in protest," Alidoosti said on Twitter.

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Cast member Taraneh Alidoosti poses on the red carpet ahead of the screening for the film "Forushande" (The Salesman) in competition at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 21, 2016.

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(L-R) Cast member Shahab Hosseini, director Ashgar Farhadi, cast members Taraneh Alidoosti, Babak Karimi and Farid Sajjadihosseini pose on the red carpet ahead of the screening for the film "Forushande" (The Salesman) in competition at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 21, 2016.

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Cast member Taraneh Alidoosti attends a news conference for the film "Forushande" (The Salesman) in competition at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 21, 2016.

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Director Asghar Farhadi (R) poses with cast members Taraneh Alidoosti (2ndR), Babak Karimi (2ndL) and Hossein Jafarian during a photocall for the film "Forushande" (The Salesman) in competition at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 21, 2016.

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Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, Iranian actress Taraneh Alidoosti and Iranian actor Babak Karimi pose as they arrive on May 21, 2016 for the screening of the film 'The Salesman (Forushande)' at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France.

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Taraneh Alidoosti attends 'The Salesman (Forushande)' Photocall during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 21, 2016 in Cannes, France.

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Director Ashgar Farhadi and cast members Taraneh Alidoosti, Shahab Hosseini, Farid Sajjadihosseini and Babak Karimi pose on the red carpet as they arrive for the screening of the film "Forushande" (The Salesman) in competition at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 21, 2016.

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(L-R) Producer Alexandre Mallet-Guy, cast member Shahab Hosseini, director Ashgar Farhadi, cast members Taraneh Alidoosti and Babak Karimi pose on the red carpet ahead of the screening for the film "Forushande" (The Salesman) in competition at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 21, 2016.

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Iranian actress Taraneh Alidoosti poses as she arrives on May 22, 2016 for the closing ceremony of the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France.

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Taraneh Alidoosti attends 'The Salesman (Forushande)' Premiere during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 21, 2016 in Cannes, France. 

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Producer Alexandre Mallet-Guy, director Asghar Farhadi, actor Shahab Hosseini, actress Taraneh Alidoosti, actor Babak Karimi and actor Farid Sajjadihosseini attend 'The Salesman (Forushande)' Premiere during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 21, 2016 in Cannes, France.

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Taraneh Alidoosti attends the 'The Salesman (Forushande)' Photocall during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 21, 2016 in Cannes, France.

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Actress Taraneh Alidoosti attends 'The Salesman (Forushande)' Premiere during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 21, 2016 in Cannes, France.

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Iranian actress Taraneh Alidoosti on May 21, 2016 during a press conference for the film 'The Salesman (Forushande)' at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France.

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An executive order expected to be signed by Trump in coming days will block the entry to the United States of Syrian refugees, and suspend the entry of any immigrants from Muslim-majority countries Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Iran, Libya and Yemen.

In "The Salesman," Alidoosti plays one half of an Iranian couple whose life becomes strained as they take part in a production of the American stage classic "Death of a Salesman."

The film, by Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, was nominated on Tuesday for a foreign-language Oscar, and has won prizes at film festivals in Cannes, Chicago and Munich.

Alidoosti has also appeared in the popular Iranian TV soap opera "Shahrzad."

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant in New York; Editing by Matthew Lewis)


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