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Kristen Stewart defends Ukrainians who risk their lives


“Spencer” actress Kristen Stewart made a powerful plea from the podium at the 2022 Independent Spirit Awards to support the people of Ukraine amid the invasion by Russian forces.

Stewart, honorary chairman of the awards program focused on independent films, spoke before presenting the award for best male lead actor, saying Sunday’s Spirit Awards stand for freedom of expression, independence and humanity .

“Today we are compelled to stand with the people of Ukraine. They are risking their lives to fight for these same things,” Stewart said, standing in front of a video screen lit in blue and yellow, the colors of the Ukrainian flag. . “We stand up for the hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing this war, whether Ukrainians or other nationalities, who are being denied safe haven.”

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Husband-and-wife award show hosts Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally previously slapped it on Russian President Vladamir Putin for the war in Ukraine, condemning him from the stage with a lewd hand gesture.

Offerman momentarily asked the crowd “to send our best wishes to those affected by the war in Ukraine and all unjust conflicts around the world.”

Mullally added, “I think we speak for everyone here when we say we hope for a quick and peaceful resolution. Specifically, (expletive) go and go home, Putin.”

Kristen Stewart defends Ukrainians who risk their lives

Offerman urged the public to give Putin a “Spirit Awards salute”, and Mullally then pointed to the many groups raising money for Ukrainian refugees. “Please donate what you can to help the victims of this senseless act of aggression,” she added.

It wasn’t all serious for the zany co-host couple: At one point, Offerman took the stage wearing little more than fire-engine red briefs and fishnet stockings for a skit involving a stripper bar , only to find that he had been cut from the program. “Guess I should cancel nude reserve dancers,” he joked

Kristen Stewart defends Ukrainians who risk their lives

Maggie Gyllenhaal had a stellar day with her directorial debut ‘The Lost Daughter,’ which won three major awards including Best Feature, Director and Screenplay.

During her best screenplay acceptance speech, Gyllenhaal gave emotional props to husband Peter Sarsgaard. His ‘favorite’ actor ‘read almost every draft, heard every musical cue, took our kids to the dentist, put them to bed, gave them breakfast, held my hand in Venice when we saw the movie for the first time, and most importantly, taught me the beauty and thrill of the real thing, as opposed to fantasy.”

“And that was the North Star in that movie,” Gyllenhaal said.

Kristen Stewart defends Ukrainians who risk their lives

Troy Kotsur continued his best supporting actor winning streak for his role in ‘CODA’, after making history as the first deaf actor to win a SAG Award last month. The Oscar-nominated actor won the Best Supporting Actor award on Sunday.

Former adult film actor and MTV VJ Simon Rex won Best Male Lead for ‘Red Rocket’ and yelled at his writer-director Sean Baker for casting him in the porn star drama stranded returning to Texas.


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