Russell Crowe issued an important message about climate change and the ongoing bushfires in Australia at the 77th Golden Globe Awards earlier today (January 6), despite his absence from the ceremony.
Crowe clinched the award for best actor in a limited series or motion picture for his portrayal of the late Fox News boss Roger Ailes in Showtime’s The Loudest Voice. According to Jennifer Aniston, who accepted the Globe on Crowe’s behalf, the actor is currently “at home in Australia protecting his family from the devastating bushfire”.
“He sent along this message in case he won,” Aniston read from a teleprompter. “‘Make no mistake. The tragedy unfolding in Australia is climate change-based. We need to act based on science, move our global workforce to renewable energy and respect our planet for the unique and amazing place it is.’”
Watch a snippet of the speech below.
Russell Crowe, in absentia, with perhaps the most poignant statement you'll hear tonight pic.twitter.com/Tx0H5RruoU
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) January 6, 2020
Congratulations to Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) – Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television – The Loudest Voice. – #GoldenGlobes pic.twitter.com/1L7xP9sKRT
— Golden Globe Awards (@goldenglobes) January 6, 2020
This award marked Crowe’s second Golden Globe win and sixth nomination. Others nominated in the same category included Christopher Abbott (for Catch-22), Jared Harris (Chernobyl), Sam Rockwell (Fosse/Verdon) and Sacha Baron Cohen (The Spy).
Following his win, Crowe took to Twitter to thank his Loudest Voice castmates and shared a video of him loading his truck with fire-fighting equipment, including a safety helmet, a water hose and a water tank, to take on the bushfires. “Ready and prepared, in case things get crazy,” he said in the clip.
Thanks to the @goldenglobes .
What a cast I got to work with.
Naomi Watts, @WallisAnnabelle Sienna Miller, Aleksa Palladino @JoshStamberg @SethMacFarlane Simon McBurney and everybody else. They created a complete world. Their commitment, sensitivity and courage was inspiring. pic.twitter.com/AW9PtKwKF3
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) January 6, 2020
The 77th Golden Globes ceremony is currently ongoing at the Beverly Hills Hilton in Los Angeles and hosted by Ricky Gervais. Other Australian actors nominated at the prestigious event today include Margot Robbie and Nicole Kidman.