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The 94th Academy Awards are fast approaching and co-host Amy Schumer said she pitched producers an idea for the show that involved an appearance by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
“I think there’s definitely a pressure in a way to be like, ‘It’s a vacation. Let people forget. We just want to have this night,’ but it’s like, ‘Well, we have so many eyes and ears on this show,'” Schumer told daytime talk show host Drew Barrymore on an upcoming episode.
Despite the awards ceremony taking place amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Schumer insisted she had no qualms about taking a stand against the crisis by bringing Zelenskyy into the lap, whether by satellite broadcast or pre-recorded.
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“I think this is a great opportunity to comment on at least a couple of things. I have jokes that highlight the type of condition I’m in,” Schumer continued on how she would deliver her lines as she hosts the biggest movie in the industry. night alongside actress Regina Hall and her comedic companion Wanda Sykes. “I mean, there are so many horrible things going on that it seems hard to focus on which one.”
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“I actually threw – I wanted to find a way to have a Zelenskyy satellite or do a tape or something just because there are so many eyes on the Oscars,” Schumer added in a preview obtained by ET Canada. “I’m not afraid to go, but I’m not the one producing the Oscars.”
To mitigate a lull in ratings, the Academy said it plans to eliminate eight of its honors from the show in a bid to streamline the floundering television broadcast and that the awards will be presented off-air, then edited in the program itself.
The show, which airs March 27, will also see a mix of bands of epic proportions, including Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, jazz pianist Robert Glasper and legendary vocalist-percussionist Sheila E.
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Representatives for Schumer, ABC and the Academy did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.