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Disney will re-release abridged international TV version of Oscars and add «20 Days in Mariupol» win and Chernov's speech

Rainey Aronson-Rath, Mstislav Chernov, Michelle Mizner and Daryl McCruden. Photo by Getty Images

The American Film Academy will re-release an abridged international TV version of the Oscars, but this time it will include the Best Documentary category, in which the film "20 Days in Mariupol" won, and will also leave out the speech by the director, UAPF founder Mstislav Chernov. This was reported by Deadline, an online TV and film news magazine.

According to the publication, Disney made this decision after Suspilne's outrage. The broadcaster was the first to point out that the international version did not include this category or the speech by director Mstislav Chernov. At the time, representatives of Disney Entertainment explained that short versions of the show had time restrictions. However, the National Council of Ukraine on Television and Radio Broadcasting sent a letter to The Walt Disney Company with a request to add a segment with the Best Documentary Film nomination to the international version of this year's Oscars.

Citing its own sources, Deadline reports that all global Oscar licensees will receive the updated version - not just Ukrainian Public Broadcasting.

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The film "20 Days in Mariupol" tells the story of a team of journalists who found themselves in Mariupol at the beginning of a full-scale war and documented Russian crimes against civilians. In March 2022, Mstyslav Chernov, along with his colleagues from the Associated Press, Yevhen Malolhetka and Vasylisa Stepanenko, were the only international team of journalists working in Mariupol and sending materials from there. In 2023, the authors of the film won the Pulitzer Prize in the category of public service. The film 20 Days in Mariupol also won the Best Documentary Award at the prestigious British BAFTA Film Awards. In addition, Mstislav Chernov was awarded the US Directors Guild Award for "outstanding directorial achievement in documentary film".


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