Actor, singer, songwriter, and musician Jared Leto accepted an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor this past Sunday. Not only was his role vital in the movie “Dallas Buyers Club” where he played an HIV positive transgender woman, but it was also representative of bigger issues.
Of course, the biographical film displayed the huge issues of the past with the distribution of drug treatments for HIV and AIDS, but the film was also crucial for Leto’s acceptance speech.
The speech flowed effortlessly, thanking important people and speaking for those whose voices have been ignored, silenced, or overlooked.
Leto dedicated his Oscar partly to “the dreamers,” saying, “ To all the dreamers out there around the world watching this tonight in places like Ukraine and Venezuela, I want to say we are here, and as you struggle to make your dreams happen and live the impossible, we are thinking of you tonight.”
The touching and graceful words of the Oscar winning mutitalented artist didn’t stop there.
Jared’s final dedication touched upon the issue of AIDS and gay marriage.
Leto held up his Oscar saying, “This is for the 36 million people who have lost the battle to AIDS. And to those of you who have ever felt injustice because of who you are and who you love, I stand here in front of the world with you and for you.”
The kind words were much appreciated by audiences., especially by those who have become victims of social injustice like those in Ukraine and Venezuela. The attention brought to these issues, even if just for a very brief moment, were certainly not forgotten.
Thanks Jared Leto, for that awesome acceptance speech and for not forgetting about those that really need our attention.