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Mixed feelings: Ukrainian stars and movie fans have mixed reactions to the Oscar won by the film 20 Days in Mariupol

Kateryna MalayNews
Ukrainians shared their feelings after the Oscars

The recognition of Mstyslav Chernov's film "20 Days in Mariupol" as the winner in the Best Documentary category caused mixed feelings among Ukrainians watching the Oscars. Stars, movie fans, and even the team themselves agreed that they would have preferred to never have seen the events of the tragic film.

After watching the news or the live broadcast, users and celebrities shared their thoughts on social media. OBOZ.UA decided to collect the most popular posts.

Ukrainian TV host Andrii Bedniakov, originally from Mariupol, expressed his gratitude to the film crew for documenting the terrible crimes of the Russians.

"It's a hard Oscar. They documented what Russia wanted to hide so badly. Thank you for letting the whole world see Russia's crimes in my hometown. This is another opportunity to remind the entire civilized world that the war is ongoing. And that we need support and help," he wrote.

Mixed feelings: Ukrainian stars and movie fans have mixed reactions to the Oscar won by the film 20 Days in Mariupol

Journalist Ramina Eskhakzai, who herself often shoots stories in cities where active hostilities are taking place, also thanked Mstyslav Chernov's team. "Thanks to you, the whole world learned how the Russian army was killing Ukrainians in Mariupol," the interviewer wrote.

Host Masha Yefrosynina emphasized that she felt proud, but tinged with sadness. Singer Natalka Karpa honestly admitted that she could not rejoice: "You know, but I'm crying. I have such ambivalent feelings, because I wanted it to be a feature film or an educational film, not about the pain of my people in real events."

Mixed feelings: Ukrainian stars and movie fans have mixed reactions to the Oscar won by the film 20 Days in Mariupol
Mixed feelings: Ukrainian stars and movie fans have mixed reactions to the Oscar won by the film 20 Days in Mariupol

The singer Natalia Mohylevska painfully recalls a vacation in Mariupol, where her uncle was buried. The Russians killed him, and the family could not even attend the funeral, which the neighbors organized right in the yard, among the flowers.

"I am personally proud of this Oscar. But nothing but tears and pain. We were not protected, although they could have. I don't know if this Oscar will change attitudes and consciousness," the star said.

Natalia Yemchenko, the first member of the supervisory board of Azovstal's Heart of Azovstal, called the Ukrainians' Oscar "great and terrible," and writer Bohdan Lohvynenko emphasized that this award is "extremely important."

Director Iryna Tsilyk also commented on her colleague's victory. She recalled the cost of the team's efforts to get this material out of the occupied city.

Mixed feelings: Ukrainian stars and movie fans have mixed reactions to the Oscar won by the film 20 Days in Mariupol

"The Oscars and other awards are important in our time, when attention to any topic can be easily switched to other topics. But I really hope that the footage from 20 Days in Mariupol will stay in the minds of the different people who watched it for a long time. And I don't know how many viewers were at the Oscars last night, but last year, they say, there were 19 million. Mstyslav made a very precise speech on behalf of the team, which I hope was heard," the filmmaker wrote.

The author of the winning film himself admitted that he wished he had never made it, and he would have exchanged the prestigious award for peace without a doubt.

As a reminder, Oppenheimer took the top prize, and its protagonist and director also received a statuette each.

This year's ceremony was surprising: the famous American wrestler, actor and performer John Cena took the stage completely naked, and Ryan Gosling lit up the stage with his hit I'm Just Ken, almost making the audience laugh hysterically.

There were also some embarrassments. Actress Emma Stone almost lost her dress on stage when she came out to receive the award.

Earlier, OBOZ.UA wrote that the network was impressed by the photo comparison of the 20 Days in Mariupol team and the family of Russian so-called opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who received their Oscar a year ago.

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