The Australian bushfire crisis has taken centre stage at the Golden Globes, with numerous actors mentioning the devastating blazes during the awards ceremony.
Russell Crowe was the first star to deliver a statement on the fires, after taking home a Golden Globe for his role as disgraced Fox News boss Roger Ailes in ‘The Loudest Voice’.
Unable accept the award in person as he is currently Australia protecting his home, presenter Jennifer Aniston instead read out a message on his behalf.
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“Make no mistake, the tragedy unfolding in Australia is climate-change based. We need to act on science, move our global workforce to renewable energy and respect our planet for the unique and amazing place it is. That way, we all have a future,” Crowe’s message read.
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
Pierce Brosnan also issued a message to Australia, saying “All of us at the Golden Globes and the HFPA send our hearts to all of the people affected by the bushfires in Australia. Stay strong, god bless.”
Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres also expressed her sorrow during her acceptance speech after being awards the Carol Burnett Award for Achievement in Television.
“Before I say anything: Australia, I love you. My heart goes out to everyone who’s suffering in Australia, all the animals we’ve lost.”
Cate Blanchett took a moment to thank everyone in attendance at the event for their sympathy.
“There are a lot of Australians in the room tonight, and I know we’re all very grateful for the callouts to our fellow compatriots who are suffering under the bushfires, so thank you,” she said.
“I wanted to do a special callout to the volunteer firefighters who have been at the centre of battling the climate disaster that is facing Australia. And of course, when one country faces a climate disaster, we all face a climate disaster. We’re in it together.”