Oscars Controversy: Academy to Revise Broadcast Following Ukraine Outcry

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has responded to the uproar caused by the exclusion of the Best Documentary Feature category from the 90-minute version of the Oscars broadcast sent to international broadcasters.

This decision, which led to the omission of Ukrainian war-themed film 20 Days in Mariupol’s win, sparked outrage in Ukraine, particularly over the absence of filmmaker Mstyslav Chernov’s poignant acceptance speech.

Following protests from Suspilne TV, the Ukrainian broadcaster of the Oscars, the Academy has decided to re-edit the broadcast to include the crucial category and Chernov’s speech.

Lukian Halkin, executive producer of Suspilne Kultura TV channel, expressed deep disappointment over the omission, emphasizing the significance of Chernov’s powerful message on unity and remembrance.

Oscars Controversy

While the Academy typically condenses the three-and-a-half-hour live show into a 90-minute version for international distribution, the exclusion of categories like Best Documentary Feature has raised questions.

Halkin pointed out that last year’s broadcast included this category, suggesting a lack of foresight in planning the cutdown version.

Despite speculation, there is no evidence to suggest political motives behind the omission. However, the Academy’s decision has drawn criticism for overlooking the global significance of films like 20 Days in Mariupol, which shed light on international issues.

In response to the outcry, the Academy will distribute the updated version to all global licensees, ensuring that crucial moments like Chernov’s speech are preserved.

This incident underscores the importance of recognizing diverse voices and stories on platforms as influential as the Oscars.

Joanne Wells

Joanne Wells is a media journalist for ScreenNearYou. She reports on the inside conversations in Hollywood. Also, she loves pizza!

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