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Jared Leto's support for Ukraine and Venezuela

Monday, March 03, 2014 - 01:04

Jared Leto, collecting his Oscar for best supporting actor in “Dallas Buyers Club”, declares his support for protesters in Ukraine and Venezuela. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO NARRATION) STORY: Jared Leto, who won the Oscar for best supporting actor on Sunday (March 2), expressed support for protesters in Ukraine and Venezuela during his acceptance speech, saying that he is with them in their struggles. "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 make your dreams happen, to live the impossible, we're thinking of you tonight," Leto said. He later explained backstage that he chose to highlight Ukraine and Venezuela, because he felt his acceptance speech shouldn't solely be about his victory, but also could be a tool to shine light on other parts of the world in turmoil. This was the first Oscar nomination and win for the 42-year-old actor, who won critical praise for his role as the sweet and tolerant Rayon, for which he underwent dramatic weight loss. He beat out Bradley Cooper, Barkhad Abdi, Jonah Hill and Michael Fassbender. "Dallas Buyers Club," directed by Jean-Marc Vallee and starring Matthew McConaughey, was Leto's first role in five years after he stepped away from acting to focus on music, fronting alternative rock band 30 Seconds to Mars.

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Jared Leto's support for Ukraine and Venezuela

Monday, March 03, 2014 - 01:04