Volodymyr Zelenskyy'r Zelenskyy's Invitation To The Oscars GetsRejected

Volodymyr Zelenskyy'r Zelenskyy's Invitation To The Oscars GetsRejected

Updated on March 11, 2023 18:45 PM by Andrew Koschiev

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has abruptly ended this year's awards season. The WME agent who represented Zelensky approached the Academy seeking a virtual guest spot at this year's 95th Academy Awards but was turned down.

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When the Times reached out separately to the Academy, WME, and ABC on Thursday, they were still waiting for a response. The Russian invasion of Ukraine began over a year ago, and Zelensky has taken part in several high-profile events and awards shows to raise awareness about it. 

The 64th Grammy Awards are scheduled for April 2022, and Zelensky will appear virtually. During a pre-recorded message, he asked, "What's more opposite to music than war?" "The silence of ruined cities and the death of people. Our children dream of rockets and shooting stars, not starry skies.

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The number of injuries and deaths has risen to over 400. It is unknown how long we will be together for our loved ones. We are grateful to our parents for waking up in bomb shelters in the morning.

John Legend performed "Free" after the speech, accompanied by Ukrainian musicians, including Siuzanna Iglidan, Mika Newton, and Lyuba Yakimchuk, wearing the national colours of blue and gold. Ukraine's president also spoke virtually at Cannes last year, urging filmmakers and artists to unite behind the country.

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In January, Zelensky appeared at the Golden Globes, where he expressed optimism, noting that "the time for an end to this war is drawing closer". In February, Penn returned to the festival circuit and premiered his documentary about Zelensky and the war, "Superpower," at the Berlin International Film Festival. 

The Academy had declined Zelensky's appearance for its 2022 show because it wanted to remain apolitical, according to Ankler. Zelensky is not the first time the Academy has shut him out of the Oscars. There, however, were some celebrities who wanted to see him at the ceremony. The Ukrainian president was one of Amy Schumer's requests before last year's Academy Awards. 

Also Read: President Zelenskyy & His Wife Olena Zelenska Opens Up About Their Family Life Amid War In Ukraine

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