One of the most moving moments at this year's Oscars was Best Supporting Actor Jared Leto's acceptance speech.
The Dallas Buyers Club star not only paid homage to his mother and brother, he also sent out love to those suffering in the Ukraine. He said:
"To all the dreamers out there around the world watching this tonight in places like the Ukraine and Venezuela, I want to say we are here, as you struggle to make your dreams happen, to live the impossible, we're thinking of you tonight."
But on Russia's broadcast of the awards ceremony, those comments were conspicuously absent! So did Russian censors chop out the part of the speech they didn't like?
Not according to Russia's state-run Channel One! They claim they ran exactly the broadcast they were given! A spokesperson says:
"The channel aired a 90-minute international version of the Oscar ceremony, which was not to be cut and was provided by the rights holder."
Strange that they would have cut out sections of an acceptance speeches by a movie star though. You'd think they'd cut things they had surplus, like Sound categories and Liza Minelli jokes.
Maybe there were more politics in the decision than they're letting on. For whoever edited it anyway…
[Image via Brian To/WENN.]
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