"I am pleased that 'A Separation' won. The movie's Iranian director, Asghar Farhadi, is a fantastic guy". I got to know him in recent days. He made a tremendous film."
"For me it was fantastic that 'Bullhead' was nominated. I hope that the choice in favour of 'A Separation' was a political one. If the political world doesn't want to give a signal, then the world of the arts will. I'm quite prepared to forgo an Oscar for signals like this because there are more important things than a statuette. I'm very pleased for Asghar Farhadi because it's very hard to work as an Iranian artist."
Mr Roskam was speaking at the Governor’s Ball, the party following the Oscar Award ceremony.