In a normal Oscars week, Jeremy Zimmer would expect to be wearing his best tux, rubbing shoulders with the biggest stars in Hollywood and grabbing canapés with one hand while holding a glass of champagne in the other. This year he expects to be holding nothing more glamorous than a placard.
The moment was the realisation that one of UTA’s clients, the Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, who won the best foreign language Oscar in 2012 and has been nominated in the same category at next Sunday’s Academy Awards, would not be able to attend the ceremony because of President Trump’s proposed ban on visitors from seven majority-Muslim countries.
In a gesture of solidarity with Farhadi, Zimmer announced that, instead of holding its annual Oscars party – a highlight of the glitziest week of Hollywood’s year – UTA would hold a rally in Los Angeles on Friday and donate the $250,000 it would have spent to the American Civil Liberties Union and the International Rescue Committee. With a client list that includes Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle and Bryan Cranston, it could be a very glitzy refugee rally.