Ukranian President and former actor Volodymyr Zelenskyy is reportedly negotiating making a speech during the 2022 Oscars.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences award show airs on Sunday.
“Academy officials still are debating on whether Zelenskyy will indeed appear briefly on the show, sources said. It’s also not clear if he would appear live or in a taped message. Sources said the debate centers on whether the Oscars should remain apolitical as the Russian invasion of Ukraine rages on,” the New York Post reports.
The Oscars have been in a ratings free fall since the shows became massively political during the Trump administration.
“ABC, which is broadcasting the show, is said to be in favor of Zelenskyy, a former actor, making a statement. ABC did not return requests for comment,” the Post report continued.
Actress Mila Kunis, who was born in Ukraine, and her husband Ashton Kutcher, are expected to make a statement during the show. They have raised $35 million for Ukrainian refugees.
.@aplusk & Mila Kunis were among the first to respond to our grief. They have already raised $35 million & are sending it to @flexport & @Airbnb to help 🇺🇦 refugees. Grateful for their support. Impressed by their determination. They inspire the world. #StandWithUkraine pic.twitter.com/paa0TjJseu
— Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) March 20, 2022
They have been thanked for their efforts by Zelenskyy himself.