Jordan Catalano, the ultimate high school dreamboat with a penchant for leaning on things, is now an Oscar winner now that Jared Leto has officially taken home the statuette for Best Supporting Actor at the 86th Academy Awards for his turn in “Dallas Buyers Club.”
That’s right, he of the perfect-ombre hair, who used to make out with Angela Chase in the boiler room on “My So-Called Life,” is now an Academy Award winner. Claire Danes has a couple of Golden Globes and Emmys under her belt, so let’s all start pulling for the great Rayanne Graff/Brian Krakow comeback of 2016.
In all seriousness, though, Leto — who has cracked wise during many of his acceptance speeches throughout award season — chose to be serious during his Oscar speech, thanking his brother and mother before name-checking AIDS victims and victims of political oppression in Ukraine and Venezuela.
Here are a couple of excerpts from his speech:
“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 in Bossier City, Louisana, 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 children to be creative and work hard and to do something special.
“That girl is my mother, and she’s here tonight: I love you and 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 for sharing this insane and amazing adventure that is 30 Seconds to Mars and for being my best friend. I love you.
“For all the dreamers out there tonight in places like the Ukraine and Venezuela, I want to say,we are here, and as you struggle to make your dreams happen, to live the impossible, we’re thinking of you tonight.
“This is for the 36 million people who’ve lost the battle to AIDS, and to those of you out there who’ve ever felt injustice for who you are or who you love, tonight I stand here in front of the world with you and for you.”