Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky can appear at the Oscars

FILE PHOTO: Self-proclaimed Hollywood ambassador Greg Donovan with a banner supporting Ukraine (Reuters/Eric Gillard)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky may appear on video during the Oscars next Sunday, with the aim of conveying a message to the world about the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Over the past weeks, there have already been appearances of this kind before Legislative chambers such as the UK House of Commons, the European Parliament in Brussels, and the US Congress.

According to several American media outlets such as New York PostZElensky has had a series of conversations with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, whose members are discussing whether to allow a brief appearance by the president.

Volodymyr Zelensky speaks in front of the Swedish parliament (Paul WENNERHOLM / TT News Agency / AFP)
Volodymyr Zelensky speaks in front of the Swedish parliament (Paul WENNERHOLM / TT News Agency / AFP)

It is not clear if it will appear live or in a recorded message. The debate within the academy is whether Oscar must remain apolitical as the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues.

The initiative would have come from the comic Amy Schumer, who will be one of the hosts, has acknowledged contacting the event organizer to try to flesh out her project. But he admitted that his initiative is unlikely to succeed.

“Yes, I suggested it. I wanted to find a way that Zelensky could appear via satellite or with a pre-recorded letter, because The Oscars have a millionaire audience around the world. I wouldn’t have any trouble doing something like that, but unfortunately I’m not the one producing the concert”She explained Schumer during her time on a talk show to her friend Drew Barrymore.

Amy Schumer (Reuters / Jenna Moon)
Amy Schumer (Reuters / Jenna Moon)

The artist also wants to shed light on the human drama that emerged from a Russian invasion that left thousands dead and millions displaced.

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“I think there is some pressure in that regard Many want it [el evento] It’s like a vacation where everyone forgets what happens for one night. But there are plenty of eyes and ears on the Oscars. I think it’s a great opportunity to make some comments, even jokes that highlight the current landscape.”Schumer added.

Series ABCwho will be broadcasting the ceremony, spoke for Zelensky, the former actor, making a statement.

Meanwhile, it is rumored that the person who will be making a statement is the Ukrainian-born actress Mila Kunis, who with her husband Ashton Kutcher raised about US$35 million for Ukrainian refugees. Zelensky expressed his gratitude for the efforts of Kutcher and Kunis.

File photo of Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis
File photo of Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis

They also showed warnings like those from Leonardo DiCaprio talks about the climate crisis or Joaquin Phoenix’s anger over artificial insemination of cattle, Celebrities are rarely shy about making political statements at the Oscars, despite accusations of hypocrisy.

“It all depends on how they handle it,” The writer said The Hollywood ReporterAnd the Scott FeinbergIn an interview with Agence France-Presse. “If it looks like they’re preaching or directing, it won’t go down well. But if something is felt or with feelings, I think we’ll have another consequence,” he added.

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Terry Alexander

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