Mar 14, 2022

WME Cancels Annual Oscars Soiree, Will Send Funds To Aid Ukraine Instead

Hollywood mega agency WME is putting their money where their mouth is and has cancelled their annual Oscar’s party to donate 1 million dollars to Ukraine instead.

In light of the ongoing war in Ukraine, WME has chosen to axe their Oscar’s party to instead donate $1 million in aid. WME agency might still do some small dinners to support their nominees, but as for the big party…WME decided that this year their resources were best served elsewhere.

WME’s Oscar nominees this year include Kenneth Branagh, Guillermo del Toro, Javier Bardem, Kristen Stewart, Adam McKay, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Denzel Washington and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Here is Lloyd Braun’s note to staff:


Like so many of you, I’ve been following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in shock, processing heartbreaking stories and images while wondering how we can best lend our support.

With that in mind, our leadership team in partnership with our Talent and Motion Picture groups has decided to donate $1 million to UNICEF in lieu of a large Oscar event this year.

This donation will support families impacted by the war in Ukraine and children around the world affected and displaced by conflict – such as the Tigray region, Yemen, Syria and the Central African Republic. UNICEF’s global network and local presence will help ensure these funds are mobilized for maximum impact.

For more information about how you and your clients can personally support these efforts, I encourage you to review the Take Action email from Endeavor Impact (attached), or reach out to Romola Ratnam or Dakota Ortiz for additional information.