Golden Globes' Cause du Jour: Australian Wildfires

Russell Crowe was forced to miss ceremony due to fires in his homeland
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 6, 2020 12:02 AM CST

Russell Crowe won a Golden Globe on Sunday night—but the Australian was in his homeland, helping protect his family and his home from raging wildfires. Presenter Jennifer Aniston read out his absentee acceptance speech for best actor in a TV miniseries, which Crowe won for his portrayal of Roger Ailes in The Loudest Voice, the Los Angeles Times reports. "Make no mistake, the tragedy unfolding in Australia is climate change-based," Crowe's statement said. "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. That way, we all have a future. Thank you.”

Other stars at Sunday night's ceremony spoke out on the devastating wildfires, the AP reports. Ellen DeGeneres praised firefighters, as did Cate Blanchett, who said: "When one country faces a climate disaster, we all face a climate disaster," she said. Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge said she would auction off her Golden Globes outfit to aid Australia fire relief. Joaquin Phoenix said "we have to do more" than simply wish people well. He criticized those who flew to the ceremony in private planes. "I'll try to do better and I hope you will, too," he said. (More Golden Globes stories.)

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