HOLLYWOOD (CNS) - The crowd gathered at the Dolby Theatre for tonight's Oscar ceremony paused for a moment of silence during the telecast in support of the people of war-torn Ukraine.
``We'd like to have a moment of silence to show our support for the people of Ukraine currently facing invasion, conflict and prejudice within their own borders,'' a message posted to the crowd stated as the star-studded audience fell silent.
``While film is an important avenue for us to express our humanity in times of conflict, the reality is millions of families in Ukraine need food, medical care, clean water, and emergency services. Resources are scarce, and we -- collectively as a global community -- can do more. We ask you to support Ukraine in any way you are able. #StandwithUkraine."
Some stars in attendance also sported signs of support for Ukraine. Actor Jason Momoa had a small blue-and-yellow handkerchief, the colors of the Ukrainian flag. Benedict Cumberbatch wore a blue and yellow pin.
Actress Mila Kunis, born in Ukraine, spoke prior to the moment of silence.
``Recent global events have left many of us feeling gutted,'' Kunis said. ``Yet when you witness the strength and dignity of those facing such devastation, it's impossible not to be moved by their resilience.''