A MOMENT OF SILENCE, ACCESSORIES AS A SYMBOL OF SOLIDARITY FOR UKRAINE AT THE OSCARS

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Angana Pal Chinya

Throughout history, art and films have served to communicate our humanity during times of conflict. Hollywood’s biggest night quickly turned into a defining statement, as the attendees expressed support for Ukraine as Russian forces continue to invade the country by going silent for 30 seconds.

After a heartfelt tribute from Ukrainian-born actor Mila Kunis, the Academy Awards faded into black at the midpoint of Sunday’s Live From Los Angeles broadcast, with a plea to anyone watching to do whatever they can to help the ravaged nation.

“Recent global events have left many of us feeling gutted,” Kunis said as she took the stage, part of her remarks to introduce Reba McIntyre’s performance of the Oscar-nominated song “Somehow You Do” from “Four Good Days.”

Kunis talks of resilience, dignity, and strength as she strongly stands by Ukraine. She acknowledges how one cannot help but admire those who are able to fight through such difficult times. She has raised more than $35million dollars for the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Ukraine along with Ashton Kutcher.

In addition, many actors showed their support for Ukraine on the Oscars 2022 red carpet in different ways, from wearing badges with the Ukrainian flag to decorating their outfits with blue ribbons.

The stars including Benedict Cumberbatch, Jason Momoa, Jamie Lee Curtis, Joe Walker, Nicole Kidman, Jessica Chastain, among others, emphasized their support for Ukrainian through their accessories, who used the red carpet as a stage. 

Amy Schummer, who co-hosted the Oscars 2022 along with Wanda Sykes and Regina Hall, shows her support, saying “thoughts are with the people (going through) the genocide in Ukraine.”

Jamie Lee Curtis commenced the Oscars Red Carpet with a blue ribbon on her left hand which said “with refugees”, 

Nicholas Brittle, nominated for his “Don’t Look Up” score, donned a blue ribbon on his lapel in support of Ukraine. 

‘The Godfather’ director Francis Ford Coppola, wore a pin with a Ukrainian flag.  

While wearing a yellow pocket square with his navy suit, J.K. Simmons paid tribute to those in Ukraine, including the family of his “Being The Ricardos” co-star Nina Arianda. 

Samuel L. Jackson, 73, wore the blue “with refugees” pin with his black velvet tuxedo jacket.

2020 best supporting actor, Yuh-Jung-Youn showed off her blue ribbon atop a dark long-sleeved dress, while presenting. 

The tribute ended with a message seeking support for Ukraine.