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Lupita Nyong'o and Kumail Nanjiani Honor Immigrants at the Oscars

"To all the dreamers out there, we stand with you."

Megan Vick

Lupita Nyong'o and Kumail Nanjiani took the stage at the 90th Annual Academy Awards to present the award for Best Production Design (which went to Shape of Water), and they both decided to have a little fun with their American audience.

"We are the actors you keep hearing about, but whose names you have trouble pronouncing," Nyong'o joked after she and Nanjiani introduced themselves.

Nanjiani followed that joke up with a crack about how his original Pakistani name was actually Chris Pine, but when the white Chris Pine hit it big before him, he had to create a stage name. How annoying.

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The funny intro kicked into a much more serious speech, which revolved around them both being immigrants. As beloved members of the diaspora who have become staples of the entertainment industry, Nyong'o and Nanjiani brought up DACA dreamers and immigration reform, a social issue that has faded to the background during this awards season while focus shifted to movements like Time's Up and Never Again.

"Dreams are the foundation of Hollywood and dreams are the foundation of America," Lupita Nyong'o said.

"To all the dreamers out there, we stand with you," Kumail Nanjiani added.


Lupita Nyong'o, Kumail Nanjiani

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