For the first time in 50 years, the Academy Awards ceremony will not be aired in Hong Kong. TVB, the city’s largest free-to-air broadcaster which has carried the Oscars telecast since 1969, told Hong Kong media outlets, “It was purely a commercial decision” to pull the awards show.
The cancellation comes after the film “Do Not Split,” about the 2019 pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong was nominated for best documentary. The nomination raises suspicion that TVB’s decision was not purely “commercial,” but a response to pressure from the Chinese Communist Party.
TVB is also suspected of censorship because of a recently resurfaced decade-old quote from Chinese filmmaker Chloé Zhao, who is nominated in the best director category for “Nomadland.” Zhao allegedly described China as “a place where there are lies everywhere,” which has angered Chinese regulators who are threatening to not air the film in China.
Hong Kong filmmaker Derek Tsang’s youth drama “Better Days” was also nominated in