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Ahem. So, if you
are anything like I’ve been for the past 26 years, you probably didn’t know the
Oscars were on today. In fact if you’d told me last year that I’d be counting
down to the Oscars and rooting for a particular celebrity with the fierceness
of a mama lion, I’d have laughed at you. Me? Care about the Oscars?
Un-bloody-likely. Why would I? I don’t care
who won an award and who was wearing what. It had no bearing on my life
whatsoever…Until this year. This year, everything changed. This year, someone
who I admire (love, adore, fangirl-over-in-a-slightly-creepy-way) was nominated
for an Oscar for the first time. On the (extremely) minute chance that you don’t
know who I’m referring to, that would be this handsome devil here:
If you need a
reminder about why I adore Jared Leto, you can
find examples here, here and here.
Now, even if you didn’t
watch the Oscars, I imagine that you’ve heard that Jared Leto took home the
Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in Dallas Buyers Club. And if you heard that
because you’re following me on Twitter, I’M SO SORRY. Honestly I’m surprised I
wasn’t thrown in Twitter-jail for my extreme tweeting spree. So really it’s Twitter’s
fault, not mine!Just be thankful that
you aren’t following me on my super-secret fangirl-over-Thirty-Seconds-To-Mars
account…Unless you’re following me on both, in which case…You must be an
Echelon, therefore you get me :p
Now, the main point
of this blog post other than the obvious: to fawn over pictures of the stunning
Leto family --
Bought my fate
Straight from hell
Has paid off well
For a mother
-- is to talk about
this man and celebrate his amazing achievements. Let’s begin by looking at his
acceptance speech from today. Several sources (such as MTV and Mashable)
have stated that it may be the best acceptance speech EVER (though his speech
at the Spirit Awards is probably a very close second…I mean he thanked the
makers of vegan butter, baby Jesus and all the plants and animals on the planet
:p), and I think I’d have to agree. Try not to cry while you read it (though
when you watch the YouTube clip at the end of this post, you’ll probably drown
in your own tears.) You can find the full transcript of his speech as he wrote
it on Notes From The Outernet. There are very few differences between what he
wrote and what he said, but I’ve written his speech as he said it here:
Ellen, I love you. To my fellow nominees, I’m so proud to share this journey
with you. I’m in awe, and I have so much respect for you all. To the Academy: Thank you.
In 1971, Bossier City, Louisiana.
There was a teenage girl who was pregnant with her second child. She
was a high school dropout and a single mom. But somehow, she managed to
make a better life for herself and her children. She encouraged her kids
to be creative, to work hard, and to do something special. That girl is my
mother and she’s here tonight. And I just want to say, I love you, Mom. Thank
you for teaching me to dream.
To my brother, Shannon, the best big
brother in the world: You’re a true artist; thank you so much for sharing this
insane and amazing adventure that is Thirty Seconds To Mars, and for being my best friend. I love
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.
And this is incredibly special as
well because there’s so many people who helped me get here, and I just want to
say thank you to Focus Features, to Mick Sullivan, to Jim Toth, to Jason
Weinberg, to Emma Ludbrook, to Cali Adams, to the entire Dallas Buyers Club
team – Matthew, I love you, Jean Marc, and this is for the 36 million people
who have lost the battle to AIDS, and to those of you out there who have ever felt
injustice because of who you are or who you love; tonight, I stand in
front of the world, with you and for you.
Thank you so much, and goodnight.”
I’ll give you a moment to stop sobbing.
It’s okay, I can wait.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is why I love Jared Leto. He is a dreamer. He
is inspiring on a level I have never experienced before. He takes moments like
these where the spotlight is on him and shines a light on other problems and
raises awareness. He shares his success with everyone to the point of even
wanting to give it away. If you’re not familiar with the band, whenever they
win an award it’s always, ‘Echelon*, you
won this. You did this. This is your award.’
It’s never about him; it’s always about the people who helped him to get there.
I know some people feel he didn’t cover certain topics in enough detail during his
speech today, but honestly, I’m not sure what more can be expected of him.
Especially when you take into account ALL of the interviews and acceptance
speeches he has done over the course of this awards season. He has gone above
and beyond to thank and include every person and every issue related to Dallas
Buyers Club. And let’s not forget how he passed around a bucket for donations
to go towards AIDs research during the Thirty Seconds To Mars show at the Hollywood
Bowl last October. If you watch every interview and acceptance speech he has
done this season, I’d venture that you’d be hard pressed to find something to
be upset about. And there’s been a lot – the Oscar is award number
30-something, and will be joining the [metaphorical] trophy case on his kitchen
bench next to the vegan butter and the popcorn.
No, really. That’s where he keeps his awards. See?
(Really, to those of you talking
about how stuck up he is and all that nonsense, I have to ask…Do you even know
anything about him at all??)
He is the biggest inspiration in my life, and sometimes I worry that I
am fangirling too hard on this blog (be grateful most of you don’t know me in
real life!) and that you’ll think I’m crazy pants (I am), but honestly, today I
couldn’t care less. Today Jared Joseph Freaking Leto won an Academy Award.
Today the kid who grew up food stamp poor and who thought he’d grow up to be a
drug dealer** showed us we really can dream as big as we want to because
ANYTHING is possible. Today the kid who used to break into other people’s
houses just to sit in their living rooms gave us a reason to hope that we too can
achieve the seemingly impossible. Today Jared Joseph Freaking Leto gave us yet
another reason to love him, admire him and adore him, because today Jared Joseph
Freaking Leto became ACADEMY AWARD WINNER JARED JOSEPH FREAKING LETO despite being certain that "they don't give Oscars to people like me."
And YES I know his middle name. I don’t care if that’s weird.
Jared, though you’ll never read this (oh God I hope not), I just want to
say thank you. YOU are the reason we dream out loud. YOU are the reason so many
people believe in themselves, believe that life can be better. YOU are the reason
people all over the world are choosing to live their lives as they dream it. We
could NOT be prouder. CONGRATULATIONS. In your own words at the Golden Globes… “I
love you, thank you, bye.”
*The Thirty Seconds To Mars family
of freaks and weirdos :3
**Or a painter
Unrelated, but I’d just like to
remind the world that I will be meeting Academy Award Winner Jared Leto in TWENTY-ONE
DAYS OH MY LORD.