SAG Awards: Stars including Michael Keaton and Brian Cox deliver pro-Ukrainian messages

Top Hollywood stars Brian Cox and Michael Keaton delivered messages of support for Ukraine at the Screen Actors Guild awards on Sunday (February 27).

The 28th SAG Awards were presented at a live ceremony in Santa Monica, California, as the association honored performers in 15 categories across film and television.

Several actors have had the opportunity to side with Ukraine, as the Eastern European nation continues to fight against the Russian invasion ordered by President Vladimir Putin on February 24.

Keaton and Cox used their time on stage to express solidarity with Ukraine, tipping their hats to the country’s president Volodymyr Zelensky for leading the war against Russia from the front lines.

While accepting the award for best ensemble performance in a TV series for HeirCox denounced the war as “really, really terrible” and highlighted its impact on fellow actors and artists in Russia, urging Hollywood to “stand” with them.

“What really grieves me is what is happening in Russia, with my actors, actresses and performers as well as writers and critics,” he said. They were told that, under the pain of high treason, they could not say a word about Ukraine. I think that’s really bad. I think we should all stand together for those people too. ”

While, Dopesick actor Keaton, who received an award for outstanding performance in a TV series or limited series, praised the Ukrainian president and “co-star” Zelensky for “fighting the fight”.

Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced what he called a “special military operation” in Ukraine, after which explosions were reported shortly afterwards in the country.

Russian troops, just a few days later, began advancing on the outskirts of several Ukrainian cities, including the capital Kyiv, Kharkiv, Kramatorsk and Mariupol.

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The United Nations on Monday said there were at least 240 civilian casualties in Ukraine.

Mr Putin has also put Russia’s nuclear deterrent forces on high alert, even as the announcement was made that they were ready for talks with the Ukrainian delegation on the Belarusian border on Monday. .

During Sunday night’s awards ceremony, several actors were spotted wearing pins of the Ukrainian flag.

The performance opened with SAG president Fran Drescher “praying” for Ukraine during her speech.

Many celebrities have responded to the crisis since it began last week.

Singer Miley Cyrus described the situation in Ukraine as “heartbreaking” in a statement on Twitter on Friday (February 25).

While, 90210 The lyric poem by actress AnnaLynne McCord, referring to Putin, has been widely mocked online.

John Cena also drew criticism from social media users after he appeared to use Russia’s invasion of Ukraine to promote his HBO series. People of Peace.

You can follow live updates on the Russia-Ukraine crisis here.

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Tom Vazquez

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