This year, the organizers of the Oscars hoped to win back a declining audience since the last editions by placing particular emphasis on the 7th Art. But international news with the war in Ukraine seems unable to escape the ceremony.
Indeed, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is in discussion to appear by videoconference Sunday evening in Hollywood, according to information from the New York Post magazine. Himself a former actor, he had known success with the series “Servant of the people”. His participation in the Oscars had been proposed by the American actress Amy Schumer. Sunday evening, he could thus speak by videoconference or in the form of a recorded message. But the principle is not unanimous within the Academy of American Cinema.
An apolitical ceremony?
Academy officials are still debating the issue. For several personalities, what poses a problem is to know what is the nature of a ceremony like the Oscars: should it be apolitical or not?
The previous ceremonies had indeed been the scene of several positions taken by the actors and actresses, in particular to denounce the policy of former President Donald Trump. For this new edition, the organizers hoped to shed light on cinema and those who make it. But at a time when the war in Ukraine is raging, it seems difficult to ignore this news. It is also very likely that the Ukrainian actress Mila Kunis will show her support for her country that evening.
As a reminder, she and her husband Ashton Kutcher have raised nearly $35 million for Ukrainian refugees.