Russia will not send an official Oscar nominee to the upcoming international feature film race, diversity has confirmed.
The news, which was reported by AFP news agency, was announced by the Russian Film Academy on Monday evening (September 27). The decision appears to be an act of boycotting the Oscars and reflects rising tensions between the US and Russia, which has been at war with Ukraine since February 24.
Russia recently accused the US government of playing a direct role in the war in Ukraine and threatened to sever ties with the country.
The head of the Oscars committee, Pavel Tchoukhraï, said the Russian Film Academy’s decision was made “behind his back” and subsequently resigned, according to AFP.
Nikita Mikhalkov, a filmmaker who is a strong supporter of Russian President Vladimir Putin, said “it doesn’t make sense” to choose a film that represents Russia in a country that, in fact, is currently denying its existence,” according to the local news agency TASS.
Russia has consistently submitted films to the Oscars for years. Russia was nominated in 2017 for Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Loveless (pictured above), demonstrating the country’s vibrant film culture and industry and winning the Cannes Jury Prize; and has since been shortlisted twice, in 2019 with Kantemir Balagov’s Beanpole, which won an award at Un Certain Regard in Cannes, and Andrei Konchalovsky’s Dear Comrades, winner of the Special Jury Prize in Venice.
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https://variety.com/2022/film/global/russia-boycotts-academy-awards-oscar-submission-1235384744/ Russia boycotts Oscars and wants to refrain from submitting Oscars