The broadcast was interrupted by a screensaver with words of support addressed to Ukrainian citizens.
The organizers of the Academy Award ceremony held a minute of silence in connection with the events in Ukraine. The broadcast was conducted by ABC TV channel.
Approximately in the middle of the three-hour broadcast, the ceremony was interrupted by a screensaver with the following text: “We would like to hold a minute of silence to show our support to the people of Ukraine, who are faced with invasion, conflict and reprehensible attitude within the borders of their own country. Cinema is an important way to express our humanity during conflicts, but the reality is that millions of families in Ukraine need food, medical care, clean water and urgent help. There are not enough resources. Together, as a global community, we can do more. We ask you to support Ukraine in any way possible.”
The same announcement appeared on screens in the hall of the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, where the ceremony is taking place. Russia was not mentioned in this message. This was followed by a list of basic necessities that people in Ukraine need.
Up to a minute of silence, actress Mila Kunis, who was born in Chernivtsi, addressed the audience, but she did not even use the word “Ukraine,” instead saying about “events taking place in the world,” because of which “a lot of people” suffer.
Ukraine has not been mentioned more during the Oscar ceremony yet, although earlier some actors, for example, Sean Penn, called for organizing speeches by the country’s president Vladimir Zelenskiy at the ceremony. Some of the participants of the ceremony, for example, Jason Momoa, came with ribbons in the colors of the Ukrainian flag, but they did not make any statements on this topic from the stage.