While Ukraine suffers from the crushing effects of the Russian invasion, activities in other parts of Europe and America appear to be running well. However, several celebrities and well-intentioned people have banded together to call for an end to the conflict and deliver relief to the displaced families.
Amy Schumer‘s contribution to helping Ukraine goes beyond simply stating her sentiments on social media. In her forthcoming role as Oscars host, the actress proposed having Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky participate in a broadcast to raise awareness of the need for more people to support the country.
Amy Schumer Wanted More Eyes And Ears To Know About Ukraine’s Current Ordeal
During an upcoming edition of “The Drew Barrymore Show,” (as per ET Canada) Schumer claimed she tried to find a way to have Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky virtually appear at the Academy awards presentation.
“I actually pitched. I wanted to find a way to have Zelensky satellite in or make a tape or something just because there are so many eyes on the Oscars,” Schumer said, adding that she wanted to draw attention to the world’s “current state.”
She continued: “I am not afraid to go there, but it’s not me producing the Oscars. I think there is definitely pressure in one way to be like, ‘This is a vacation, let people forget, we just want to have this night.’ But it is, like, ‘well, we have so many eyes and ears on this show.'”
Even though Schumer’s offer was meaningful and would have provided the president with an additional platform to promote the country’s cause, her discussion with Barrymore revealed that the Oscars showrunners had vetoed the notion, thinking it unnecessary for the ceremony.
Many Celebrities Have Lent Their Voice To The Ukrainian Crisis
Schumer is one of the numerous celebrities who have shown support for Ukraine in recent weeks, including Regina Hall and Wanda Sykes, who will co-host the Oscars ceremony with her.
On Sunday, Zelensky officially praised Hollywood couple Mila Kunis, who has Ukraine as her birthplace, and Ashton Kutcher for raising approximately $35 million for Ukrainian migrants. Kunis was born in Chernivtsi, Ukraine.
“[Ashton Kutcher] & Mila Kunis were among the first to respond to our grief,” Zelensky captioned a snapshot of himself conversing with the celebrity couple through Zoom on Sunday.
He added: “Grateful for their support. Impressed by their determination. They inspire the world.”
Other celebrities who have shown support include Woody Norman, Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Benedict Cumberbatch, Daisy Edgar Jones, Maks Chmerkovskiy, and Gigi Hadid.
Oscars 2022 Controversy
Final preparations are beginning for this year’s edition of the Oscars, which will usher in a long-awaited return to Hollywood’s glitzy routine following a drab event and dismal viewership last year.
One of these includes the showrunners’ disclosure of the films, directors, and cast members that will compete in each category, giving viewers enough to think about while they wait for the event.
The showrunners’ choice to omit several awards from the live program owing to a necessity to cut down on the broadcast was one of the critical issues in the build-up. Although the winners from the omitted categories will be revealed early and later edited into the event, the move has been criticized by many high-profile celebs, including Campion, Villeneuve, Steven Spielberg, Jessica Chastain, and Penelope Cruz.
The Oscar’s Presenters
Over the last several weeks, more information regarding the 2022 Oscars telecast has been available. Last year’s acting winners, Daniel Kaluuya, Anthony Hopkins, and Youn Yuh-Jung, are confirmed to be among the show’s presenters.
Additionally, John Travolta, Mila Kunis, Naomi Scott, Wesley Snipes, Simu Liu, Uma Thurman, Rami Malek, Lily James, Ruth E. Carter, John Leguizamo, Kevin Costner, Lady Gaga, Rosie Perez, Chris Rock, and Zoe Kravitz will share in the presenting duties at the ceremony.
Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, legendary singer-percussionist Sheila E., iconic jazz pianist Robert Glasper, and musical director Adam Blackstone will star together as part of the select few to perform on Oscar’s prestigious stage.
The Oscars will hold on Sunday, March 27.
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