So far, it's been a somewhat bumpy ride for the Oscars. Earlier this year, Trump's immigration ban, which suspended the entry of refugees and citizens from seven Muslim-predominant countries into the U.S., was first protested by Iranian actress Taraneh Alidoosti. Decrying Trump's visa ban as racist, the actress of the Oscar-nominated The Salesman announced on Twitter that she wouldn't be attending the Oscars. A few days later, Iranian director Asghar Farhadi wrote a letter that expressed he wouldn't be attending the Oscars even if he were allowed to travel to the U.S., despite the fact that his film The Salesman was nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.
While neither Alidoosti nor Farhadi has called their decisions to sit out on the Oscars a boycott of the ceremony, there is little doubt that their actions are meant to be understood as a form of protest against Donald Trump's immigration policies. And now the Oscars may have another problem on their hands: Trump supporters are now calling for an actual boycott of the Academy Awards.