WATCH: Actor Jared Leto Sends Support to Ukraine and Venezuela in Acceptance Speech

By Ericka Andersen

Actor Jared Leto made the first mention of the crises’ happening in Ukraine and Venezuela during last night’s Academy Awards as he accepted an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in the movie Dallas Buyers Club.

“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.

Currently, Venezuelans are protesting for their freedom from an oppressive government “fueled by communist, Cuban ideology,” according to the Heritage Foundation’s Peter Brookes.

In Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian troops have invaded and aimed to take over influence there. Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych has fled and the conflict has resulted in hundreds being injured or killed.

When asked about why he mentioned Ukraine and Venezuela in his speech, Leto said it was ”because you have an opportunity when you stand on this stage…you can make it about yourself or you can hold up a mirror and shine a light, and that’s what I chose to do tonight.”

Leto continued:

“We have a show in the Ukraine in a couple of weeks. We have a show in Thailand in a few weeks. We had a show in Venezuela in the works. So, these things, social unrest, you know, social issues like this affect us in a really immediate way. So, I felt on behalf of the people that I interact with on Instagram and Twitter and Facebook, and my own interests as, you know, a global — being a person in a global band, it was important to address those things.”

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