Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy appeared in a video message during the Golden Globes telecast to thank his “free world” allies.
Sean Penn introduced the Ukrainian comedian-turned-politician with nods to the ongoing protests in Iran, in which several citizens have been executed, and the women’s rights movement in Afghanistan. The Oscar winner had previously met Zelenskyy in Kyiv and presented him with one of his Oscars, asking the president to return it when the war ended.
Zelenskyy told the Hollywood crowd that “the war in Ukraine is not over yet, but the tide is turning, and it is already clear who will win,” to some applause.
“There are still battles and tears to come,” Zelenskyy said in a recorded message. “But now I can tell you who was the best the year before – you in the free world, who united around the support of the free Ukrainian people.”
Zelenskyy recalled the Golden Globes of the early 1940s, before the end of World War II. “There will be no Third World War,” he declared. “It’s not a trilogy.”
Zelenskyy has previously appeared virtually at the Cannes Film Festival and the Grammy Awards to discuss the ongoing dispute and thank those in the entertainment industry who have raised awareness. Some winners of the 2022 Screen Actors Guild Awards also named him as an example of a courageous leader.