The 2022 Academy Awards film ceremony, popularly known as the Oscars, was held in Los Angeles, California, on March 27. The ceremony became another global platform to call for help to for country that has become a victim of Russian aggression.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine did not pass by this celebration of American cinema unnoticed - some of the celebrity guests at the party complemented their outfits with badges and ribbons in the colors of the Ukrainian flag, as well as a #saverefugees blue ribbon in support of Ukrainians who were forced to leave their homes due to Russia's indiscriminate bombardment of Ukrainian cities.
Ukrainian-American actress Mila Kunis took the center stage to remind the attendees, and Oscar viewers, of the tragedy unfolding in Ukraine right now. She, along with her husband, fellow That 70s Show TV comedy show alum Ashton Kutcher, has been raising money to help Ukraine.
After introducing U.S. country music singer Reba McEntire, who performed "Somehow You Do" from the movie Four Good Days, Kunis reminded the audience of the "unimaginable darkness” in which the world found itself.
Ceremony organizers then held a minute of silence to observe Ukrainians who have been killed as a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, calling for the country to receive the support it needs - financial assistance for both Ukrainians and the Ukrainian armed forces.
“We’d like to have a moment of silence to show our support for the people of Ukraine currently facing invasion, conflict and prejudice within their own borders,” Academy organizers said.
“While film is an important avenue for us to express our humanity in times of conflict, the reality is millions of families in Ukraine need food, medical care, clean water, and emergency services. Resources are scarce, and we — collectively as a global community — can do more. We ask you to support Ukraine in any way you are able. #StandWithUkraine."
The ceremony was hosted by three female comedians: Amy Schumer, Regina Hall, and Wanda Sykes.
The main award of the evening — for the Best Picture — went to CODA: Child of Deaf Adults, directed by Shan Hader. The movie received three major awards: Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor.
Dune, directed by Denis Villeneuve, received six awards for technical achievements. Best actor went to Will Smith, for his performance as Richard Williams in the biopic, King Richard