edits: shannon leto

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Jared Leto receiving his Oscar for Best Supporting Actor (2014)

Incredible. Ellen, I love you. To my fellow nominees, I’m so proud to share this journey with you. I’m in awe and have so much respect for you all. To the Academy, thank you. In 1971, Bossier City, Louisiana, there was a teenage girl who was pregnant with her second child. She was a high school dropout and a single mom, but somehow she managed to make a better life for herself and her children. She encouraged her kids to be creative, to work hard and to do something special. That girl is my mother and she’s here tonight. And I just want to say, I love you, Mom. Thank you for teaching me to dream. To my brother, Shannon, the best big brother in the world, you’re a true artist. Thank you so much for sharing this insane and amazing adventure that is 30 Seconds to Mars, and for being my best friend. I love you. Thank you.

To all the dreamers out there around the world watching this tonight in places like the Ukraine and Venezuela, I want to say we are here and as you struggle to… to make your dreams happen, to live the impossible… We’re thinking of you tonight. And this is, is incredibly special as well because there’s so many people that helped me get here. And I just want to say thank you to Focus Features, to Mick Sullivan, to Jim Toth, to Jason Weinberg, to Emma Ludbrook, to Kelly Adams, to the entire Dallas Buyers Club team. Matthew, I love. Jean-Marc. And this for the 36 million people who have lost the battle to AIDS and to those of you out there who have ever felt injustice because of who you are or who you love, tonight I stand here in front of the world with you and for you. Thank you so much and goodnight.

People like to watch others, celebrate other peoples’ failures, who’s cheating on who, who’s getting cast off or kicked out. It’s all kind of ridiculous. Maybe it’s a form of people not wanting to take a closer look at themselves, you know? They want to focus on this other stuff so their thoughts are pulled away.
We can analyze it and discuss it for a while, but I mean, the violence on the news is insane. I just think people need to get their priorities straight. We’re killing our minds, we’re killing the environment, people just need to stop. We need to breathe, stop focusing on our Blackberrys, iPhones and iPads; everything is just a distraction. We need to focus on the community and ourselves. And honestly, I think that’s something that 30 Seconds To Mars does really well. We have this sense of community and respect for people that listen to us, and vice versa, and it’s refreshing.
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Shannon Leto to The Aquarian Weekly, Nov 2011

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Kings and Queens performed by London Philarmonic Orchestra.

It’s amazing, believe me.