Lupita Nyong'o, from left, and Kumail Nanjiani present Paul Denham Austerberry the award for best production design for "The Shape of Water" at the Oscars on March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Photo by Chris Pizzello

Immigrant dreamers get love at the Oscars; Kobe Bryant's win surprises

Kobe Bryant, left, and Glen Keane, winner of the award for best animated short for "Dear Basketball", pose in the press room at the Oscars on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Photo by Jordan Strauss

When it came to politics, Sunday’s 90th Academy Awards were a bit of a snoozer.

But that didn’t stop a few causes getting support from the stage. Most notably, the “dreamers” in the immigration debate, the children and adults who face deportation despite this country being the only one they’ve ever known.

During the presentation for production design, Lupita Nyong’o, a Kenyan immigrant and star of the megamillion-dollar hit “Black Panther,” said, in a way, we are all dreamers.

“Dreams are the foundation of Hollywood and dreams are the foundation of America,” she said.

“For all the dreamers out there, we stand with you,” said her fellow presenter and screenplay nominee Kumail Nanjiani.

Nanjiani quipped he is from Pakistan and Iowa -- “two places that nobody in Hollywood can find on a map.”

The duo got a lot of love on Twitter, from the ACLU to fans who wanted see the pairing in a movie.

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Soon after, Rita Moreno, star of the ultimate immigration musical, “West Side Story,” presented the Oscar for foreign language film to Chile’s “A Fantastic Woman,” featuring transgender actor Daniela Vega.

Host Jimmy Kimmel took a few mild jabs at the executive branch Sunday night, most notably the vice president, when he said “Call Me By Your Name,” a coming-of-age drama about at the relationship between a 17-year-old boy and his father’s assistant, was not “made to make money, it was made to annoy Mike Pence.”

Former NBA star Kobe Bryant, the Los Angeles Lakers star, won an animated short Oscar for “Dear Basketball,” took a swipe at Fox News personality Laura Ingraham, who said NBA players should keep their political opinions to themselves and “shut up and dribble.”


“I know as basketball players we’re really just supposed ‘to shut up and dribble,’ but I’m glad we’re doing a little more than that,” Bryant said.

Twitter reminded everyone that Bryant was accused of sexual assault in 2003. Criminal charges were dropped, and a civil case was settled out of court.

The award threw many for a loop.

Kobe tweets

Afterward, Common and Andra Day performed their Oscar-nominated song “Stand Up for Something” (from “Marshall”) highlighting a group of activists.

In spoken word, Common said before the song started: "On Oscar night, this is the dream we tell. A land where dreamers live and freedom dwells. Immigrants get the benefits. We put up monuments for the feminists. Tell the NRA, they're in god's way and to the people of Parkland we say: ashay. Sentiments of love for the people from Africa, Haiti to Puerto Rico."

Immigrant dreamers get love at the Oscars; Kobe Bryant's win surprises