Jared Leto took home the award for Best Supporting Actor at the 86th annual Academy Awards on Sunday. He was awarded the trophy for his stellar, albeit controversial, performance in "Dallas Buyers Club." Leto plays Rayon, an HIV-positive transgender woman who joins in business with a cowboy named Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey, who was nominated for Best Actor).
Leto topped Barkhad Abdi ("Captain Phillips"), Bradley Cooper ("American Hustle"), Michael Fassbender ("12 Years a Slave") and Jonah Hill ("The Wolf of Wall Street"). Leto was the clear favorite coming into the Oscars. This is his first Oscar win. He won a Golden Globe for the same role back in January.
Leto has received criticism as a cisgender man portraying a transgender woman at a time when transgender actors are slowly gaining more visibility within the entertainment industry. Leto, however, has constantly responded in the best way possible, advocating for actors to explore roles that extend beyond themselves.
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03/03/2014 12:39 AM EST
That's A Wrap
An historic night for Steve McQueen and "12 Years a Slave," wins for Matthew McConaughey, Cate Blanchett, Jared Leto and Lupita Nyong'o, seven Oscars for "Gravity" and no love for "American Hustle." These were your 2014 Oscars. Hope you enjoyed it!
03/03/2014 12:01 AM EST
"12 Years A Slave" Is Your Best Picture
As expected, "12 Years a Slave" won Best Picture. Producers Brad Pitt and Steve McQueen accepted the award.
03/02/2014 11:56 PM EST
All Right, He Said It
"To that I say alright, alright, alright." http://t.co/3MHHnAXXUv— ThePlaylist (@ThePlaylist) 6 years ago
03/02/2014 11:52 PM EST
NO ALL RIGHT ALL RIGHT ALL RIGHT WUT BIGGEST UPSET OF THE NIGHT.— Christopher Rosen (@chrisjrosen) 5 years ago
03/02/2014 11:51 PM EST
Matthew McConaughey Wins Best Actor
#truedetectiveseason2 is McCounaughey and his Oscar. He won for his role in "Dallas Buyers Club."
03/02/2014 11:47 PM EST
Cate Blanchett Thanked Woody Allen After Winning Her Oscar
She also gave an impassioned plea to Hollywood to acknowledge that people want to see movies with female leads. One of the night's most memorable speeches.
03/02/2014 11:42 PM EST
Time For Best Actress!
Will Cate Blanchett thank Woody Allen? Let's find out!
03/02/2014 11:39 PM EST
Not The Best They've Ever Done
"American Hustle" has lost seven times, thus far, on Oscar night, including in the Original Screenplay category where Spike Jonze's "Her" took top honors.
03/02/2014 11:38 PM EST
"Gravity" Has Seven Oscars Right Now
Just because it's great and you need to know that.
03/02/2014 11:35 PM EST
Alfonso Cuaron Wins Best Director For "Gravity"
Cuaron wins his second Oscar of the night for "Gravity."