Protesters at Oscars Call for Ceasefire in Gaza

Russia's war with Ukraine is also a topic at Academy Awards
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 10, 2024 6:30 PM CDT
Protesters at Oscars Call for Ceasefire in Gaza
Protesters gather during a demonstration in support of Palestinians calling for a ceasefire in Gaza as the 96th Academy Awards Oscars ceremony is held nearby, Sunday, March 10, 2024, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Etienne Laurent)

Protest and politics intruded on an election-year Academy Awards on Sunday, where demonstrations for Palestinians raged outside the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, the AP reports. Protests over Israel's war in Gaza snarled traffic around the Academy Awards on Sunday, slowing stars' arrival on the red carpet and turning the Oscar spotlight toward the ongoing conflict. Some protesters shouted "Shame!" at those trying to reach the Dolby Theatre. Jonathan Glazer, the British filmmaker whose chilling Auschwitz drama The Zone of Interest won best international film, drew connections between the dehumanization depicted in his film and today.

"Right now, we stand here as men who refute their Jewishness and the Holocaust being hijacked by an occupation which has led to conflict for so many innocent people, whether the victims of October the 7th in Israel, or the the ongoing attack on Gaza, all the victims, this humanization, how do we resist?" The war in Gaza was on the minds of many attendees, as was the war in Ukraine. A year after Navalny won the same award, Mstyslav Chernov's 20 Days in Mariupol, a harrowing chronicle of the early days of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, won best documentary. The win, a first for the Associated Press and PBS' Frontline, came as the war in Ukraine passed the two-year mark with no signs of abating. (Some stars wore red pins supporting a ceasefire in Gaza on the red carpet.)

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