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Several Celebrities Make Political Comments on Iowa Caucus, Senate at The Oscars

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By Zachary Holt

While Hollywood is known for leaning towards the left when it comes to politics, the 2020 Oscars were mostly apolitical, aside from a few comments made by actors during their award presentations and acceptance speeches.

Among the topics that were spoken about during the award ceremony included the botched fiasco at the Iowa Caucus this past week, as well as, the Senate's handling of President Donald Trump's impeachment hearing and the homelessness problem that is now endemic to Los Angeles.

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Steve Martin Kicks Off Political Comments with Iowa Caucus Joke

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The political comments got started off by the actor and comedian, Steve Martin, who made sure to throw in a joke about the Iowa Caucus disaster that occurred last week.

"Now, a couple of years ago there was a big disaster here at the Oscars when they accidentally read the wrong name," Martin began. "And it was nobody’s fault. But it’s guaranteed that this will not happen this year because the Academy has switched to the new Iowa caucus app," referring to 2017, where Warren Beatty mistakenly gave the award for best Picture to La La Land over Moonlight.

Chris Rock Calls Out Homeless Problem in Los Angeles, Jeff Bezos

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Comedian Chris Rock, who was presenting an award with Martin also jumped into the action by attempting to address the mounting homelessness problem in Los Angeles, as well as, what it means to be African American in today's society.

"Mahershala Ali is here. He has two Oscars. Do you know what that means when the cops pull him over? Nothing!" Rock said during the award presentation.

The actor and comedian also took some shots at the Founder and CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, who was in attendance. "Jeff Bezos is so rich he got divorced and he's still the richest man in the world! He saw 'Marriage Story' and thought it was a comedy," Rock jokingly said.

Brad Pitt Not Happy with the Outcome From Senate Impeachment Trial

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For Brad Pitt, though, who took home the hardware for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood, it was an opportunity to truly express some frustration, despite his last few award ceremonies where he cracked some jokes. For the Oscars, Pitt went right after the Senate and their handling of the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

"45 seconds more," Pitt said, referencing the amount of time the Senate gave to former National Security Advisor John Bolton to testify during the impeachment trial. "I’m thinking maybe Quentin [Tarantino] does a movie about it, and in the end the adults do the right thing," he said.

Next Year's Oscars Should Prove to be More Political, Following Election

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Pitt's frustration even carried its way backstage where he was asked about his comments. "I was just really disappointed with this week. I think when gamesmanship trumps doing the right thing, it’s a sad day. I don’t think we should let it slide, and I’m really serious about that," Pitt said, obviously upset.

And while the Oscars and other award ceremonies usually involve more political digs, 2020 didn't seem to be that way. It's a given, though, that next year's presentation will be much more so, following the election at the end of this year.

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