Decision to reject Zelensky virtual speech at Oscars slammed



The Ukrainian foreign minister “sharply” criticized the decision of the organizers of this year’s Oscars to reject President Volodymyr Zelensky’s request to speak virtually at the awarding event.

“The decision not to invite Zelensky to deliver a speech during the Oscars ceremony, where one of the leading Best Foreign Language Film nominees is an anti-war Picture, is highly hypocritical,” Dmytro Kuleba said in an interview with Germany’s Bild am Sonntag newspaper, state news agency Ukrinform reported.

“I think if ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ receives an Oscar as the Best Foreign Language Film, while Zelensky, who is in the war, leading the country, fighting in the biggest war in Europe since World War II, is not allowed to speak at the Oscars ceremony, you will not find a better example of the hypocrisy of the film industry’s top executives and producers,” Ukrinform quoted Kuleba as saying.

For the second time, the Academy Awards has declined to offer the floor to the Ukrainian leader.


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