Poor Things star explains wearing a red pin at the Oscars

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Poor Things actor Ramy Youssef has explained the reason why celebrities were seen wearing a red pin at this year's Oscars ceremony.

During the red carpet event several stars – including Youssef, singer Billie Eilish and Mark Ruffalo – could be seen wearing red pins attached to their outfits to show their support for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, amid the ongoing conflict in Gaza.

Explaining the pins, which are part of the Artists4Ceasefire movement, Youssef told The Hollywood Reporter: "We're all calling for an immediate and permanent ceasefire in Gaza. We're calling for the safety of everyone involved.

"We really want lasting justice and peace for the Palestinian people."

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He continued: "We really just want to say, 'let's just stop killing children'. There's so much there to process and it feels like the easiest way to have the conversations that people want to have is when there isn't an active bombing campaign happening.

"These are really important things that a lot of us are being vocal about, at least from a human level, you know, to try and appeal to people's hearts."

Artists4Ceasefire was set up by several individuals across the entertainment industry who signed an open letter to US President Joe Biden to demand a ceasefire, with stars such as Joaquin Phoenix, Kristen Stewart and Jessica Chastain signing.

The letter, which is available in full on the organisation's website, reads: "Beyond our pain and mourning for all of the people there and their loved ones around the world we are motivated by an unbending will to stand for our common humanity."

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Other celebrities seen wearing the red pins included Star Wars' Riz Ahmed, Selma director Ava DuVernay and Eilish's brother, songwriter Finneas O'Connell.

Meanwhile, Youssef's latest film Poor Things picked up four awards at the Oscars, including Best Actress in a Leading Role for its lead star Emma Stone.

The 96th Academy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, aired from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, with live coverage airing across ITV's channels in the UK and ABC in the US.

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