Kumail Nanjiani & Lupita Nyong'o Support DACA Dreamers At 90th Academy Awards

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Actors Lupita Nyong’o and Kumail Nanjiani used their presenting opportunity at the 90th Academy Awards last night to show strong support for "Dreamers," people who were brought to the United States as children and have been allowed to stay in the country under former U.S. President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. Current President Donald Trump is opposed to DACA.

Nyong'o, one of the stars of Black Panther and a past Academy Award winner for 12 Years A Slave, and Nanjiani, an Academy nominee for The Big Sick and actor in the hilarious satire Silicon Valley, come by their support for Dreamers naturally. Nyong’o was born in Mexico and raised in Kenya, while Nanjiani is from Pakistan.

While presenting the best production design nominees Nyong'o and Nanjiani made their support for Dreamers known.

"I’m from Kenya," said Nyong'o.

"And I’m from — Kenya is in the house. And I am from Pakistan and Iowa," added Nanjiani. "Two places that nobody in Hollywood can find on a map."

Nyong'o continued, "And like everyone in this room, and everyone watching at home, we are dreamers. We grew up dreaming of one day working in movies. Dreams are the foundation of Hollywood. And dreams are the foundation of America."

Before Nanjiani concluded by saying, "And so — to all the dreamers out there, we stand with you. Now, the nominees for achievement in production design..."

It was far from the only social justice-related statement last night.
The production design award was won by Paul Denham Austerberry, Shane Vieau and Jeffrey A. Melvin for The Shape Of Water.

Watch Kumail Nanjiani & Lupita Nyong'o at the 90th Academy Awards.




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