Russia avoids Oscars as Ukrainian standoff hits art

Russia has decided not to submit films to compete oscar This year, the deterioration in relations between Russia and the West over Ukraine has taken a toll on arts and culture.

“The board of directors of the Russian Academy of Cinema has decided not to nominate domestic films. oscar Awarded by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2022,” the Russian Academy said in a statement late Monday.

The chairman of the committee responsible for selecting the candidates said Tuesday he had resigned following the decision “behind the scenes”.

“The Academy leadership has unilaterally decided not to nominate Russian films for Oscar nominations,” Pavel Chukhray wrote in a letter announcing his resignation.

Kremlin-friendly filmmaker Nikita Mikhalkov told Russia’s state-run TASS news agency on Monday that Russia would gain nothing from participating this year.

“In a country that currently denies the existence of Russia in reality, it seems utterly pointless to choose a film that represents Russia,” he said.

Instead, the 76-year-old proposed creating equivalent awards for countries in the Eurasian region, including the former Soviet republics of Central Asia and the Caucasus.

Mikhalkov himself won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 1995 for Burnt by the Sun, a feature film about the horrors of life under Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. Russia avoids Oscars as Ukrainian standoff hits art

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