Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy appeared in a video message during the telecast of the Golden Globes to thank his allies in the “free world.”
Sean Penn profiles the Ukrainian comedian-turned-politician, who has endorsed the ongoing protests in Iran and the women’s rights movement in Afghanistan, where several citizens have been executed. The Oscar winner previously met with Zelensky in Kyiv and presented him with an Academy Award, which he asked the president to return after the war.
Zelensky told the Hollywood audience that “the war in Ukraine is not over, but the tide is turning and it is clear who will win,” drawing some applause.
“There are still battles and tears ahead,” Zelensky said in a recorded message. “But now I can tell you who was the best from the previous year – you are in the free world, united by the people of a free Ukraine.”
Zelensky recalled the Golden Globes in the early 1940s, before World War II. “There will be no World War III,” he said. “It’s not a trilogy.”
Zelensky has previously made virtual appearances at the Cannes Film Festival and the Grammys to discuss the ongoing conflict and thank those in the entertainment industry who have raised awareness about it. Some of the 2022 Screen Actors Guild Award winners also cited him as a role model for courageous leadership.