Sunday's show will acknowledge the attack on Ukraine, which has killed thousands and driven a quarter of the country's 44 million people from their homes.

Wanda Sykes, one of three female comedians who will host the show, said producers have
Wanda Sykes, one of three female comedians who will host the show, said producers have "something planned that we love" regarding the situation in Ukraine. (Reuters)

As Hollywood's A-list celebrities gather for their annual celebration of the movies at Sunday's Academy Awards, the live telecast also will recognise the effects of Russia's offensive in Ukraine. 

Organisers provided few details on Thursday but said there would be a moment during the Oscars ceremony that would acknowledge the attack, which has killed thousands and driven a quarter of Ukraine's 44 million people from their homes. 

"While we want the night to be fun and celebratory (and) we want it to be an escape, this is a tumultuous time around the world," producer Will Packer said Thursday at a press conference, adding that the Covid-19 pandemic also remained a concern.

The show, which will be broadcast live on Walt Disney Co's DIS.N ABC, "will acknowledge those things and do it in a way that is respectful," he added. 

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Organic and thoughtful

Wanda Sykes, one of three female comedians who will host the show, said producers have "something planned that we love" regarding the situation in Ukraine.

"It's organic and it's thoughtful," she said.

Last week, Oscars co-host Amy Schumer said she had pitched the idea of inviting Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to appear via satellite, but she suggested that producers had rebuffed her. 

"It's not me producing the Oscars," she said on "The Drew Barrymore Show."

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On Thursday, Packer did not rule out an appearance by Zelenskyy. 

"The show is still in process, so that's not something we would say definitively say one way or the other at this point," he said.

Source: Reuters