Jamie Lee Curtis has expressed her support for Ukraine on the red carpet at the 2022 Oscars.
The actress, 63, wore an outfit that gave a subtle nod in support of refugees on the red carpet on Sunday evening, by holding up a blue ribbon that said #WithRefugees.
The star also wore a long-sleeved dark blue gown by Stella McCartney, as she wore the ribbon tied around one hand in a show of support.
Speaking about her decision to wear the ribbon, she said: “It’s a way of standing with solidarity with the displaced people of the world right now.”
The show of support for refugees comes amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine, with the ribbon handed out to stars by the United Nations. According to the organisation, around 6.5 million Ukranians have been displaced within the country as a result of the conflict.
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As part of her outfit, Jamie said she was also paying tribute to the late Golden Girls star Betty White, who died in December last year at the age of 99.
The star told ABC on the red carpet that she chose her Stella McCartney-designed dress due to the designer’s dedication to animal rights, as Betty White was a lifelong lover of animals.
“I’m wearing a Stella McCartney dress that was made for me because I’m doing a special tribute tonight to a certain animal rights activist,” Curtis explained on the red carpet. “A deep animal rights lover and I wanted to wear a dress that was commensurate to her dedication to animals. And that is Stella’s dedication to animals.”
Elsewhere, other celebrities showed support for Ukraine, with Dune star Jason Momoa wearing a yellow and blue scarf tucked into his shirt. Director Pedro Almodóvar also walked the red carpet with the blue #WithRefugees ribbon pinned to his suit, while Benedict Cumberbatch wore a pin of the Ukraine flag.
During the ceremony, there was also mention of Ukraine, with host Amy Schumer taking the opportunity to address the war in Ukraine before the Best Actress award winner was announced.
"And there's a genocide going on in Ukraine and woman and trans people are losing all their rights. And now, please welcome Anthony Hopkins…' she said.
Actress Mila Kunis, who was born in Ukraine and has raised over $35 million dollars in humanitarian relief for the war, also gave an emotional reference to the conflict while introducing Reba McEntire's performance of "Somehow You Do."
The 38 year old said: "Recent global events have left many of us feeling gutted. Yet when you witness the strength and dignity of those facing such devastation, it's impossible to not be moved by their resilience. Once cannot help but be in awe of those who find strength to keep fighting through unimaginable darkness."
The Oscars broadcast then called for a moment of silence following Mila’s speech "to show our support for the people of Ukraine currently facing invasion, conflict and prejudice within their own borders."
A text card on screen continued, urging viewers to show support "in any way you are able": "While film is an important avenue for us to express our humanity in times of conflict, the reality is millions of families in Ukraine need food, medical care, clean water and emergency services. Resources are scarce, and we – collectively as a global community – can do more."
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