Russia's biggest television station last night cancelled its live broadcast of the Oscars ceremony, blaming a 'large number of news reports' about Crimea and Ukraine, Guardian reports.
State-run Channel One said it would broadcast a recorded version of the show in the early hours of Tuesday morning instead.
"Due to a large number of news reports on the situation around the autonomous republic of Crimea and Ukraine and due to the viewers' increased interest in news, Channel One considers the live broadcasting of the Oscar ceremony for five hours to be inappropriate, especially in the early morning hours, when the maximum amount of news broadcasting is done"- a spokesman said.
Dallas Buyers Club's Jared Leto made reference to the crisis in Ukraine in his acceptance speech for the best supporting actor prize on Sunday night, still Russian Channel One had cut out this fragment of his speech.
"To all the dreamers out there around the world watching this tonight in places like the Ukraine and Venezuela, I want to say we are here and as you struggle to … to make your dreams happen, to live the impossible," he said. "We're thinking of you tonight."