Sunday evening, as the eyes of the world turned to Los Angeles and the 2022 Academy Awards, the issue of global forced displacement was also firmly in the spotlight.
Five of this year’s Oscar-nominated films tackled the themes of displacement, loss, home and belonging. Between them, Dune, Flee, Encanto, Three Songs for Benazir and Belfast tackled issues directly related to what it means to be a refugee. UNHCR has also received support from Participant and Netflix to promote the message of global displacement powerfully expressed in their films Flee and Three Songs for Benazir.
In this context, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has worked closely with artists and publicists to help highlight the humanitarian emergency in Ukraine and other refugee crises around the world. . Online and in person, some of the world’s most famous faces used this year’s Oscars to show their solidarity with refugees around the world.
Ahead of the ceremony, UNHCR highlighted the stories of displacement and the strength of the human spirit told in many nominated films on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. The ensuing outpouring of solidarity with the refugees was amplified by supporters such as Hans Zimmer, Jake Gyllenhaal and our Goodwill Ambassadors.
Stories of home and loss, trauma and survival, struggles of belonging and identity…
— UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency (@Refugees) March 27, 2022
That same evening, many of Hollywood’s biggest stars wore blue #WithRefugees ribbons produced and distributed by UNHCR and its national partner USA for UNHCR. They included Jamie Lee Curtis, Diane Warren, Yuh-Jung Youn, Alberto Iglesias, Samuel L Jackson, Pedro Almodovar, Paolo Sorrentino, Guillermo Del Toro, Nicholas Britell, Luisa Ranieri, Daniela D’Antonio, Filippo Scotti, Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz . .
Speaking to reporters on the red carpet, American actress Jamie Lee Curtis explained her decision to wear the ribbon. “I just want to represent the refugee crisis and let people wake up and realize that this is a humanitarian crisis. The refugee crisis is very real,” she said.
“Displaced people are real and they need help, they need homes and they need support,” she added. “The Oscar-nominated films Flee and Encanto are about displaced people, so that’s important.”
“The refugee crisis is very real. –Jamie Lee Curtis
Later in the evening, South Korean actress and former Oscar winner Yuh-Jung Youn presented the Best Supporting Actor award – signing winner Troy Kotsur’s name – with his ribbon proudly displayed at the billion spectators who logged on to watch the event. .
Before the war in Ukraine, there were already more than 82 million forcibly displaced people in the world. Through the themes highlighted in the five nominated films, the incredible online engagement and strong in-person support from the Oscar stars, the biggest night of entertainment has helped shine a light on the humanitarian emergencies unfolding in Ukraine. and beyond, and all who stand #WithRefugees.
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