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15 March 2024, 14:59 | Art
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The American Film Academy will include the award ceremony for the documentary “20 Days in Mariupol” in a shortened version of the Oscar ceremony, which was sent to global broadcasters. Deadline reports that this comes after the outcry and outrage that the segment was left out of the TV version..

All Oscar licensees worldwide will receive the updated version, not just the Ukrainian one..

According to the publication, this decision was made after Suspilne Telebachennya, the broadcaster that has the rights to broadcast the Oscar ceremony in Ukraine, protested against the absence of this category in the 90-minute version, saying that it was “shocked and deeply.

The Suspilne TV channel broadcast the Oscars ceremony live in Ukraine. But due to the time difference, the broadcast began at 1 a.m. local time and ended around 4:30 a.m., limiting the number of people who could see it.. “Suspilne” planned to show a 90-minute version in prime time on Monday evening, but it turned out that the “Best Documentary Film” nomination and the speech of the director of the Ukrainian film were missing from the television version.

Particularly public outrage was caused by the fact that the 90-minute shortened version of last year's Oscar ceremony included the Best Documentary category, in which the film Navalny, about Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, won.. Also included in the television version last year was the speech of Navalny’s wife Yulia..

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The National Council of Ukraine on Television and Radio Broadcasting also sent a sharp statement to the organizers regarding the exclusion of the documentary.

“Today, all democratic countries of the world are looking for every opportunity to resist military aggression, which poses a threat to the peaceful world order. At this moment, your employees decide to delete a part of the ceremony where journalists receive an award for a feature-length documentary film about the horrors of war! ...

We find it difficult to believe that such a decision by studio employees could be a politically motivated decision agreed with the company’s management,” the letter says.

The National Council also asked to create and distribute among broadcasters an updated international version, in which the fragment with the nomination “Best Documentary Film” will be preserved..

At the same time, the publication notes, there is no indication that the exclusion of the best documentary from the television version was made for political reasons..

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