Updated Mar 10, 2024 - World

Stars on Oscars red carpet wear ceasefire pins

Finneas O'Connell and US singer-songwriter Billie Eilish wear an "Artists4Ceasefire" pin, calling for de-escalation and ceasefire in Gaza and Israel as they attend the 96th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on March 10, 2024.

Singer-songwriters Finneas O'Connell (left) and Billie Eilish wearing "Artists4Ceasefire" pins at the Oscars in Hollywood, California, on Sunday. Photo: David Swanson/AFP via Getty Images

Oscars attendees including Billie Eilish, Mark Ruffalo and Ramy Youssef wore red pins on the red carpet in support of an Israel-Hamas ceasefire on Sunday.

The big picture: In addition to highlighting the plight of civilians in Gaza and Hamas hostages, some attendees used their platform to highlight Russian forces' invasion of Ukraine.

 Mark Ruffalo attends the 96th Annual Academy Awards on March 10, 2024 in Hollywood, California.
Actor Mark Ruffalo wearing a pin calling for an Israel-Hamas ceasefire on the red carpet at Sunday's Oscars. Photo: J.C. Olivera/Getty Images

Zoom in: "The pin symbolizes collective support for an immediate and permanent cease-fire, the release of all of the hostages and for the urgent delivery of humanitarian aid to civilians in Gaza," per a statement from Artists4Ceasefire, the group behind the campaign.

  • The group that comprises members of the entertainment industry last week urged President Biden to call for a ceasefire in an open letter signed by nearly 400 people including 2024 Oscar nominees Bradley Cooper and America Ferrera, among a host of other stars.
  • Actor-comedian Youssef, an Oscars presenter and star of best picture-nominated film "Poor Things," told Variety that they're also "calling for peace and lasting justice for the people of Palestine."
A screenshot of an LAPD tweet, saying: "Throughout the day, multiple groups of pedestrian demonstrators gathered around Los Angeles. The groups have dispersed and the flow of traffic has been restored. As LAPD addressed a pedestrian group, one arrest was made for ‘Battery on a Police Officer.’"
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Zoom out: Hundreds of protesters calling for an immediate Israel-Hamas ceasefire disrupted traffic close to the Dolby Theatre near the start of the 96th Academy Awards at the venue.

  • Inside the theater, Jonathan Glazer, the British filmmaker whose Auschwitz drama "The Zone of Interest" won best international film, noted onstage "our film shows where dehumanization leads at its worst."
  • The Jewish filmmaker added: "Right now, we stand here as men who refute their Jewishness and the Holocaust being hijacked by an occupation, which has led to conflict for so many innocent people — whether the victims of October the 7th in Israel or the ongoing attack on Gaza — all the victims of this dehumanization… how do we resist?"

Meanwhile, Mstyslav Chernov, whose film "20 Days in Mariupol" won the best documentary Oscar, said as he accepted the first-ever Oscar for a Ukrainian film: "I am honoured, but I will probably be the first director on this stage to say that I wish I had never made this film.

  • "I wish to be able to exchange this for Russia never attacking Ukraine, never invading our cities."

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Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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