Oscars Deny Zelensky’s Request To Appear On Broadcast For Second Year In A Row: Report
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks during a press conference on the first year of the Russia's invasion on Ukraine in Kyiv, Ukraine on 24 February 2023.
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s attempt to have a telecast appearance at the upcoming Oscars was reportedly rejected for the second year in a row by the awards show.

Variety reported that powerful individuals in Hollywood pled with the Academy to include Zelensky in the 95th Academy Awards this Sunday on ABC, but the effort was denied.

The report said that the Academy Awards rejected Zelensky last year, but for woke reasons, specifically over “concerns that Hollywood was only showering Ukraine with attention because those affected by the conflict are white” while “ignor[ing] wars around the globe that impact people of color.”

While Zelensky made a remote appearance at the Berlin Film Festival last month, he was rejected from the most recent Toronto Film Festival because the organization “does not comment on discussions with dignitaries, government officials or international embassies.”

Public support in the U.S. for Ukraine’s fight against Russia has waned in recent months amid a seemingly never-ending stream of U.S.-taxpayer money being sent to Ukraine and critics who say the Biden administration has had a weak and incompetent response to the invasion. Some have argued that the administration’s delayed response in supporting Ukraine has actually prolonged the war and increased costs on U.S. taxpayers.

“It’s one thing if it’s a minor incursion and we end up having to fight about what to do and not do,” Biden told reporters a month before Russia invaded. “But if they actually do what they’re capable of doing with the forces amassed on the border, it is going to be a disaster for Russia if they further invade Ukraine.”

Biden’s remarks were widely viewed as giving a “green light” for President Vladimir Putin to invade Ukraine.

Zelenksy urged the U.S. and western powers to enact sanctions against Russia before the invasion and to send military hardware before the fighting started in an effort to prevent the invasion from ever occurring.


After the invasion happened, Zelensky took a shot at the U.S. for only responding to the invasion by enacting sanctions.

“This morning we are defending our state alone. Like yesterday, the world’s most powerful forces are watching from afar,” he said. “Did yesterday’s sanctions convince Russia? We hear in our sky and see on our earth that this was not enough.”

Zelensky’s comments come as Biden said that “no one expected the sanctions to prevent anything from happening.”

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