Oscar-winning actor pays tribute to people affected by HIV/AIDS

The 2014 Academy Awards were a dazzling affair, with former MTV Shuga actress Lupita Nyong’o taking home a trophy for Best Supporting Actress at the ceremony. However, the highlight of the night was a touching speech from 30 Seconds To Mars frontman Jared Leto, who took home the gong for Best Supporting Actor in the movie Dallas Buyers Club.

In the movie, Leto plays a transgender person who is affected by HIV/AIDS during the 1980’s. During this period, little was known about HIV and stigma and discrimination against people living with the disease was widespread.

During Leto’s acceptance speech the actor acknowledged all those affected by HIV/AIDS.

“To all the dreamers, we are here,” Leto said.

“And as you struggle to make your dreams happen to live the impossible, we’re thinking of you tonight.”

“To the 36 million victims of the AIDS crisis,” he said, holding his golden figurine aloft, “I stand with you and for you.”

Powerful words! For more information on the HIV/AIDS, click here

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