Saturday 24 February 2018

Venezuela Oscar fans must dream on

Jared Leto with his best supporting actor Oscar
Jared Leto with his best supporting actor Oscar

About half of Venezuela's TV audience was denied the chance to watch best supporting actor winner Jared Leto express solidarity with all the "dreamers" in Ukraine and Venezuela as he accepted his Oscar.

The private channel Venevision, for the first time in several decades of carrying the Academy Awards, did not broadcast today's show. It was instead carried on cable television by the TNT network, but many Venezuelans cannot afford cable.

Venevision announced via Twitter earlier that it did not have the rights to broadcast this year's Oscars. It offered no additional explanation.

Some Venezuelans had mounted a campaign on Twitter urging participants in the Oscar ceremony to speak out in support of anti-government demonstrators. But Leto was the only one to mention their country.

Press Association

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