Russell Crowe Sends Powerful Climate Change Message Upon Golden Globes Win

The actor was absent from the awards ceremony, having remained at home with his family in Australia as the country contends with deadly bushfires.

In the second award given out Sunday night, Russell Crowe was tapped as best actor in a limited series or TV movie at the 2020 Golden Globe Awards.

The Australian actor, however, was absent from the awards ceremony. The Loudest Voice star, home with family in Australia amid the country's deadly bushfires, instead sent a message warning of the dangers of climate change and suggesting steps toward progress. 

"Make no mistake, the tragedy unfolding in Australia is climate change-based,” presenter Jennifer Aniston read on Crowe's behalf. “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.”

The fires, which have been burning for weeks as the country experiences a record-breaking heat wave, have left thousands of homes in southeast Australia in ruins and killed at least 24 people, according to the Associated Press. During the ceremony other honorees, including Carol Burnett Award recipient Ellen DeGeneres and best television supporting actress winner Patricia Arquette, also expressed their support for those affected by the fires. 

Crowe won for his role as late Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes in the Showtime limited series adapted from the best-selling book by Gabriel Sherman. The nod marks Crowe's second Globe win and sixth nomination.

Alongside Crowe, nominees for the category included Catch-22's Christopher Abbott, Chernobyl's Jared Harris, Fosse/Verdon's Sam Rockwell and The Spy's Sacha Baron Cohen. 

Hosted by Ricky Gervais, the 77th annual Golden Globes aired live coast-to-coast on NBC from 5 to 8 p.m. PT. 
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