UPDATED with video from speech: Russell Crowe won a Golden Globe Award on Sunday in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television category for his role in The Loudest Voice.
Crowe, who played late Fox News boss Roger Ailes in the Showtime miniseries, didn’t attend the show at the Beverly Hilton amid the raging wildfires in his native country, Australia.
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After Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon announced onstage that Crowe had won the Globe, the second of his career, Aniston read a statement from the actor urging the world to take action to fight climate change.
“Make no mistake, the tragedy unfolding in Australia is climate change based. 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,” Crowe wrote. “That way we have all a future. Thank you.”
As of Sunday night, the fires had killed at least 24 people and destroyed about 2,000 homes, the Associated Press reported.
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Australia’s capital, Canberra, currently has the worst air quality of any major city in the world, officials have said. The Department of Home Affairs, which coordinates the country’s response to disasters, told all non-critical staff to stay home because of the dangerous air quality.
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