Year: 2011 (84th) Academy Awards
Category: Foreign Language Film
Film Title: A Separation
Winner: Iran (accepted by director Asghar Farhadi)
Presenter: Sandra Bullock
Date & Venue: February 26, 2012; Hollywood & Highland Center
I would like to thank the Academy, and Sony Pictures Classics and my dear friends Michael Barker and Tom Bernard. Salam be mardomeh khobeh sarzaminam.
At this time many Iranians all over the world are watching us and I imagine them to be very happy. They are happy not just because of an important award or a film or a filmmaker, but because at the time when talk of war, intimidation, and aggression is exchanged between politicians, the name of their country, Iran, is spoken here through her glorious culture, a rich and ancient culture, that has been hidden under the heavy dust of politics. I proudly offer this award to the people of my country, the people who respect all cultures and civilizations and despise hostility and resentment. Thank you so much. Thank you.
[Ed. note: Farsi translation: "Greetings to the good people of my homeland."]
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