Volodymyr Zelensky did not make a video appearance, but the victims of the war in Europe were not forgotten during the ceremony.
“Recent world events have left many of us feeling depressed. But when you see the strength and dignity of those facing this devastation, it’s impossible not to be moved by their resilience.”
The words of Mila Kunis marked the 94th Academy Awards. The Ukrainian-born actress, real name Milena Markovna Kunis, came to the US aged 7 when her parents fled the Soviet regime. Very involved in supporting her country of origin in these troubled times, the star of That 70’s Show beamed onto the stage, proclaiming: “One can only admire those who find the strength to keep fighting in the midst of unimaginable darkness.“, before letting Reba McEntire sing Hollywood’s support for the Ukrainian people.
The evening also offered a brief moment of contemplation, when the giant screen of the Dolby Theater called on the room to respect a minute of silence “to show our support for the Ukrainian people currently facing an invasion”and called on the public to send in donations, such as “food“, from “medical care” or some “blankets“.
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