President Zelensky of Ukraine is in talks with the Academy to attend the Oscars.

According to The Washington Post, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is in talks with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to make a video appearance during Sunday’s presentation of the Academy Awards.

According to sources, Academy authorities are still deciding whether Zelensky will appear on the show for a quick appearance. It’s also unclear whether he’ll appear live or via recorded message. According to sources, the discussion revolves around whether the Oscars should stay politically neutral as the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues.

The Academy did not respond to The Washington Post’s request for comment.

The show’s broadcaster, ABC, is claimed to support Zelensky, a former actor, making a statement. Requests for response from ABC were not returned.

Meanwhile, it’s believed that Ukranian-born actress Mila Kunis, who raised $35 million with her husband, Ashton Kutcher, for the Ukranian refugees, will make a statement during the awards show.

Zelensky has been vocal about his gratitude for Kutcher and Kunis’ efforts.

Workers prepare the arrivals area at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood.

On Twitter Sunday, the leader shared a photo of himself in a Zoom meeting with the Hollywood couple.

“@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,” he wrote.

In recent days, the Academy has been tight-lipped on whether it will weigh in on the war.

The show’s executive producer, Will Packer, told reporters during a virtual press conference on Thursday: “This is a really [momentous] time in humankind history, and we’re very aware of that. And so you don’t go into a show like this, I don’t think, and not be aware of that and not find a way to respectfully acknowledge where we are and how fortunate we are to even be able to put on this show.”

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