It was a big victory for Russell Crowe at the 77th Golden Globe Awards ceremony on Sunday evening, but unfortunately he could not attend due to the Australian bushfires, as Todd Malm reported. Russell’s was the first prize of the evening and created a slightly dark atmosphere for the evening. Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon were both nominated for their own roles on The Morning Show and while they followed Ricky Gervais’ opening monologue and were always smiling, they quickly took on a serious tone as they read to aloud the speech prepared by Crowe. Russell Crowe won the best performance of an actor in a limited series or a cinematographic film directed for the Golden Globe category for his role as Roger Ailes in the series The Loudest Voice of Showtime.
Jennifer Aniston read Russell Crowe’s speech out loud and many people at home were surprised to hear the Gladiator star speak so openly about Australian bushfires and climate change. Other people who addressed Australian bushfires throughout the show include Pierce Brosnan, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Cate Blanchett and Ellen DeGeneres.
While many celebrities have spoken out on other issues, particularly the upcoming presidential elections in 2020, it was undoubtedly the Australian bushfires that dominated the night.
You can see the speech that Russell Crowe wrote and Jennifer Aniston delivered during the acceptance of the Golden Globe Award on his behalf in the video player below.
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Russell Crowe wanted him to know that he thought the Australian bushfires were caused by climate change and he encouraged everyone to focus heavily on science, statistics and facts. Currently, approximately 12.35 million acres have been burned since the Australian bushfires. It is believed that half a billion animals (about 480 million) have lost their lives.
Russell Crowe also said he did not think it safe or wise to leave family and friends while Australia was on fire to attend the awards ceremony.
Australian bush fires spread after the country broke heat records for their hottest day ever, several times in December. Temperatures as high as 107 degrees have been recorded.
You can hear other celebrities talking about Australian bush fires during their Golden Globe speeches in the video player below.
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