Several Golden Globe nominees and winners chose to use their time on stage to bring attention to the devastating bushfires plaguing Australia and discuss climate change on Sunday night.
During his acceptance speech for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama, Joker star Joaquin Phoenix called out the celebrity guests for hypocritically preaching for climate change, but using private jets for travel.
‘I don’t want to rock the boat…it’s really nice that so many people have come up and sent their well wishes to Australia, but we have to do more than that,’ he said.
‘It’s great to vote, but sometimes we have to we have to take responsibility onto ourselves and make sacrifices in our own lives. We don’t have to take private jets to Palm Springs,’ he continued, before leaving the stage.
Joaquin Phoenix: ”It’s great to vote, but sometimes we have to we have to take responsibility on ourselves and make sacrifices in our own lives. We don’t have to take private jets to Palm Springs’
Phoenix’s sentiments reiterated host Ricky Gervais’ pointed remark at the Golden Globes audience during his opening speech.
He blasted ‘woke’ Hollywood for being hypocritical and told them to ’collect your award and f**k off’, spoke about Jeffrey Epstein and Felicity Huffman, among others.
‘So if you do win an award tonight don’t use it as a platform to make a political speech. You’re in no position to lecture the public about anything.
Ricky Gervais (pictured) opened the 77th annual Golden Globes award with a controversial opening speech on Sunday night
‘You know nothing about the real world. Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg.
‘So if you win, come up, accept your little award, thank your agent and your god and then f**k off.’
He ended his fifth time hosting the award show by saying: ‘Please donate to Australia.’
The 77th annual award ceremony began with Russell Crowe sending a message, read on his behalf by Jennifer Aniston, after winning best actor for his work portraying Roger Ailes in The Loudest Voice.
He chose not to attend the gala and instead stayed in his native Australia to help with the wildfires that have ravaged the country.
‘Make no mistake, the tragedy unfolding in Australia is climate-change based,’ he wrote.
‘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.’
Russell Crowe (pictured), who won a Best Actor award, declined to attend to 2020 Golden Globes ceremony to stay at his home in Australia as it undergoes devastating bushfires
Jennifer Aniston (left), accompanied by Reese Witherspoon (right), shared Crowe’s harrowing message from Australia, urging people to fight against climate change and make a push towards renewable energy
Australia’s wildfires have burned about 12.35 million acres of land and destroyed more than 1,400 homes. The death toll has reached 24 people.
Crowe has been vocal about the damage the bushfires have wiped out part of his home, going so far to share images of his ‘scorched’ New South Wales property in November.
In a post thanking his cast mates for the award, Crowe shared a video taken from the back of a firetruck preparing to fight fire spots.
Crowe shared a video taken from the back of a firetruck preparing to fight fire spots, saying, ‘All the stuff you need for fighting fires’
‘All the stuff you need for fighting fires,’ he jokes, while his Golden Globe is surrounded by blankets and fire hoses.
Patricia Arquette, who accepted Best Performance By An Actress In a Supporting Role In a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made For Television, slammed President Donald Trump while mentioning the ongoing crisis.
‘We’re not going to look back on this night in the history books,’ she began.
‘We will see a country on the brink of war, the United States of America; a president tweeting out a threat of 52 bombs, including cultural sites; young people risking their lives, travelling across the world; people not knowing if bombs are going to drop on their kids’ heads. And the continent of Australia on fire.’
‘So while I love my kids so much, I beg all of us to give them a better world. For our kids and their kids, we have to vote in 2020. And we have to beg and plead for everyone we know to vote in 2020,’ she ended.
During her acceptance speech, Patricia Arquette (pictured), slammed President Donald Trump for his role in the Iranian air strike last week
Qassem Soleimani, the leader of Iran’s Quds Force, was killed in an airstrike on Friday ordered by Trump.
Since then tensions have quickly escalated between the U.S. and Iran.
Other Australian natives like Cate Blanchett and Nicole Kidman spoke out during the Golden Globes.
While presenting a clip from Joker, Blanchett thanked Australian firefighters who are tirelessly working to extinguish the bushfires.
‘I wanted to do a special call out to volunteer firefighters who have been at the centre of battling the climate disaster facing Australia. When one country faces a climate disaster, we all face a climate disaster,’ she said.
Nicole Kidman spoke of the many families under distress at the moment, but noted there was a sense of companionship during the difficult time.
Cate Blanchett (pictured) thanked the many firefighters working to extinguish Australia’s bushfires while on stage at the Golden Globes
Nicole Kidman (left) and her husband Keith Urban (right) both reminded viewers of the several families being displaced as a result of the devastation
‘Our family is safe, but obviously many families have been put under enormous stress and duress right now. And we’re so deeply upset and worried,’ she said.
‘There’s enormous strength in the country right now in terms of camaraderie and helping each other.’
Her husband, Keith Urban, added: ‘There’s a lot of people who have lost so much down there already and there’s more to come, too. We’re not out of the woods; this is just really the beginning of summer. But people are doing amazing work down there.’
TV host Ellen DeGeneres sent her support to residents suffering from the catastrophic fires while accepting the Carol Brunett award.
DeGeneres is the second person to win the award after it was first awarded to Brunett in 2019.
TV host Ellen DeGeneres (pictured) sent her love to Australia during her acceptance speech fo the Carol Brunett award
‘Australia I love you. My heart goes out to everyone suffering in Australia, all the animals that we’ve lost,’ DeGeneres said.
Pierce Bronson joined his children onstage to speak about their organization Feed, which addresses childhood hunger.
Bronson said: ‘And speaking of opening our hearts, all of us at the and the HFPA send our thoughts to the people affected by the bushfires in Australia — stay strong. We’re with you, God bless.’
It was later revealed that Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who won Best Actress in a TV series for Fleabag, would auction her Golden Globes attire to raise money for Australian wildlife relief.
Robbie (pictured): ‘I’m sure you’re all aware of what is happening in Australia at the moment with the fires. I didn’t want to show you more pictures of the devastation’
Margot Robbie, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Bombshell, broke down in tears on Sunday as she asked fans to donate whatever possible to victims of the bushfires.
She said: ‘I’m sure you’re all aware of what is happening in Australia at the moment with the fires. I didn’t want to show you more pictures of the devastation.’
‘I really wanted to share with you some personal photos from my childhood,’ she said tearfully.
Robbie explains a series of childhood photos of her making mud pies, learning to drive and spending time with family in the 1990s.
Milestone: Margot showed a number of snaps from her childhood, including her learning how to drive (L) and her posing by a dam on her family’s farm
Cherished memories: Margot explained she was doing this to show fans just how beautiful Australia is, and also how much the country needs help right now
‘This is my cousin and I out at the farm in Australia growing up… This is making mud pies. Riding motorbikes,’ she said, pointing to one photo.
‘This is me learning to drive… out at the farm,’ she said, explaining that she wanted to show how beautiful Australia was and that country needs help right now.’
‘I wanted you to see how beautiful our country is. Because it is so beautiful. And it’s really, really hurting right now. It is so needed right now. Please if you haven’t already donated. Please do. Let’s give future generations the kind of childhood I was so lucky to have,’ she continued.
The dangerous bushfires began in October and have since damaged more than 1,500 homes.
Six people, two in New South Wales and four in Victoria, remained unaccounted for following the blazes.
Australian authorities predict that the the fire season will continue until March.
Australian bushfires have killed 24 people and scorched more than 1,500 homes since October
AUSTRALIA’S BUSHFIRE CRISIS – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Evacuations are underway and emergency alerts are in place in NSW, Victoria and South Australia as authorities predict the devastating bushfires will continue burning until at least March.
At least 25 people have been killed in blazes across the country since the bushfire season began in October
NEW SOUTH WALES/ACT
- At least 130 bushfires were burning in NSW on Tuesday
- 20 people dead
- 3.6 million hectares burned, greater than the size of Belgium
- At least 1,588 homes confirmed destroyed
- Two people dead
- About 31 active bushfires burning
- More than 784,000 hectares burned
- 330 structures confirmed destroyed but significantly more expected
- Three people, including two from Kangaroo Island, are dead
- 17 bushfires burning, four of significance
- More than 100,000 hectares burned
- 88 homes confirmed destroyed
- About 600 properties on Kangaroo Island remain without power with SA Power Networks warning it may be some time before crews can access the fire ground to assess damage
- 33 bushfires burning
- 250,000 hectares burned
- 45 homes confirmed destroyed
- More than 35 bushfires burning, two of significance
- 1.5 million hectares burned
- One home confirmed destroyed
- 23 bushfires burning, two of significance
- 30,000 hectares burned
- Two homes confirmed destroyed
- Five bushfires burning
- Five homes confirmed destroyed
East Gippsland CFA incident controller Andy Gillham said: ‘Based on the best estimate we would say [the fires will burn] for at least another eight weeks.’
‘We are only at the beginning of summer. In a normal year we would start to see the fire season kick off in a big way around early January, but we’re already up there at more than a million hectares of burnt country,’ he continued.
‘We are in it for the long haul, this is a marathon event, we expect to busy for at least the next eight weeks.’
Pictured: two men watch as a massive bushfire in Batlow, scorch the area and ominous smoke billows into the sky
Australian authorities say the fire season is expected to continue into March as the Insurance Council of Australia says insurers have already received 5850 bushfire-related claims
Images and videos of the gut-wrenching affects have flooded social media, including video of massive flames and dead animal carcasses littering roadways.
The Insurance Council of Australia says insurers have received 5850 bushfire-related claims in NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Queensland since it declared a bushfire catastrophe on November 8.
But the council says the figures don’t include properties lost over the past 24 to 36 hours in areas such as the NSW Southern Highlands and south coast.
Losses are estimated at $375 million, with a further $56 million in insured property losses in September and October.
In addition to the losses of human lives and property, an estimated 500 million animals have died in the blazes.
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