Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs dedicated her time on stage at the Oscars Sunday night to celebrate “freedom of expression” in Hollywood.
Isaacs got up and applauded the “diverse landscape” of films.
After host Neil Patrick Harris introduced her, the first black president of the Academy said it was Hollywood who is responsible for preserving free speech in America.
“As we stand on this stage with the eyes of the world upon us, we as a filmmaking community have a responsibility,” Isaacs said. “A responsibility to ensure that no one’s voice is silenced by threats.”
“…a responsibility to ensure that different opinions can be shared without fear of personal or professional attack. A responsibility to protect freedom of expression.”
“At the Oscars, we celebrate our love of movies, and in doing so, we honor filmmakers who cross borders and test boundaries, … [those] who encourage us to see the world and those around us in new ways.”