For 30 seconds, the Oscars went silent for Ukraine
A tribute that started with words from the Ukrainian-born Mila Kunis ended with the Academy Awards fading to black about midway through Sunday’s show from Los Angeles, with a plea for anyone watching to do whatever possible to send help to those in the war-torn nation.
“We would 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. 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,” was said on the screen during the ceremony.
However, there was no mention of the role of Russia in the war, as well as no actual mention of the term ‘war,’ unreasonably and harshly unleashed in Ukraine by Russia.