March 5, 2014


Russia Denies Censoring Jared Leto's Oscar Acceptance Speech

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Despite being on the brink of war with Ukraine, Russia said yesterday that it was not responsible for Jared Leto's pro-Ukraine remarks being removed from its broadcast of the 2014 Academy Awards. 

In his acceptance speech for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in Dallas Buyers Club, the 30 Seconds to Mars singer 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.' And as you struggle to make your dreams happen, to live the impossible, we're thinking of you tonight." But when the show aired in Russia, that section of the speech was omitted. 

According to a spokesperson for Channel One, the Russian TV station that aired the Academy Awards, the decision to cut that part of Leto's speech was made before the show was handed to them.

"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," Larisa Krymova told The Hollywood Reporter.

Channel One was originally scheduled to air the Oscars live, but decided to drop the show in favor of ongoing coverage of Russia's fight with Ukraine. That piece of news obviously did not make it Leto's way.