Jared Leto Echoes His Oscar Speech While Playing with His Band in Ukraine

While accepting his Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, ombré ambassador Jared Leto spoke emotionally about his single mother and about the AIDS crisis. He also made a passionate statement to the people of Ukraine and Venezuela and the political unrest in those countries.

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“To all the dreamers out there around the world watching this tonight in places like Ukraine and Venezuela,” Leto said. “I want to to say we are here, and as you struggle to make your dreams happen and live the impossible, we are thinking of you tonight.”

But Leto didn’t leave it at that. Not two weeks after winning the Oscar, Leto and his band 30 Seconds to Mars played a concert in Kiev, Ukraine’s capital. During the show, Leto made another brief appeal to the people of Ukraine to fight for their dreams.

“You guys are in the midst of something really beautiful and it may be difficult, but there’s no price too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself,” Leto says around the 40 second mark in the video. “And I want to let you know, I understand other bands have canceled their shows, but there was no f**kin’ way, no f**kin’ way, 30 Seconds to Mars wasn’t going to be here in this beautiful city, in this great country here tonight.”

It’s one thing to stand in front of a sea of haute couture gowns in the Dolby Theatre and stick up for Ukraine. But it’s another thing to actually travel to the country and to speak directly to its people as they prepare for a possible war. While he was in Ukraine, Leto took some time to tour the streets of Kiev as well.

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