“There are no borders or walls that can restrain ingenuity and talent,” the actor said in Spanish, clearly referring to the wall President Donald Trump is attempting to build along the U.S.-Mexico border.
“In any region of any country of any continent, there are always great stories that move us,” he continued. “And tonight we celebrate the excellence and importance of the cultures and languages of different countries.”
The Trump administration has repeatedly come under fire for its approach to immigration, including the controversial child separation policy that has left hundreds of migrant families torn apart.
Bardem and fellow presenter Angela Bassett announced “Roma” as the winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. “The nominees tonight prove that we are part of the same ocean,” said director Alfonso Cuaron while accepting the award.
“Roma” is the first-ever Mexican winner of the Best Foreign Language Film award.
People on Twitter loved the powerful moment from Bardem.