Ukrainian President Zelensky in talks with the Academy to make an Oscar appearance
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is in talks with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to make a video appearance during Sunday’s Oscars broadcast, The Post has learned.
Academy officials are still debating whether Zelensky will indeed briefly appear on the show, sources said. It’s also unclear whether he would appear live or in a recorded message. According to sources, the debate revolves around whether the Oscars should remain apolitical as the Russian invasion of Ukraine rages on.
The Academy declined to comment on The Post.
ABC, which airs the show, would welcome Zelensky, a former actor, making a statement. ABC did not return requests for comment.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian-born actress Mila Kunis, who raised $35 million with husband Ashton Kutcher, is believed to be for Ukrainian refugeeswill make a statement at the awards ceremony.
Zelensky expressed his gratitude for Kutcher and Kunis’ efforts.
On Twitter Sunday, the chef shared a photo of himself during a Zoom meeting with the Hollywood couple.
“@aplusk & Mila Kunis were among the first to respond to our grief. They’ve already raised $35m and are sending it to @flexport & @Airbnb to help refugees. Grateful for their support. Impressed by their determination. They inspire the world. #StandWithUkraine,” he wrote.
In recent days, the Academy has been silent on its weight in the war.
The show’s executive producer, Will Packer, told reporters during a virtual press conference on Thursday: “It really is a [momentous] times in the history of mankind, and we are very aware of that. And so you’re not going to a show like this, I don’t think, and not being aware of it and not finding a way to respectfully acknowledge where we are and how lucky we are to be able to even put on this show.”