Russell Crowe skipped the Golden Globes because of the Australian bushfires
Russell Crowe was all-but unrecognizable in his role as former Fox CEO Roger Ailes in the Showtime miniseries The Loudest Voice. The turn earned him the trophy for Best Actor in a Limited Series or Television Film at the Golden Globes Sunday night, but the actor wasn’t at the awards ceremony to pick up his prize in person. Instead, he was back home in Australia, helping the efforts to protect his home from the wildfires currently ravaging the nation.
Variety reported ahead of the ceremony that Crowe would not be in attendance because he “has property in the country that is gravely threatened” by the wildfires. Though bushfires are a regular occurrence in Australia, the fires currently raging are the worst the nation has seen in decades.
More than 1,300 homes have been destroyed, 24 people have died, and experts estimate that nearly half a billion animals have been killed. The bushfires have burned more than 12 million acres of land. Each day, more than 3,000 firefighters are dispatched to tackle the blazes.
Presenter Jennifer Anniston read out a message from the actor, who devoted his acceptance remarks to the climate crisis that is imperiling his home and the rest of the planet. "Make no mistake, the tragedy unfolding in Australia is climate change-based,” Crowe’s statement read.
"We need to act based on science, move our global workforce to renewable energy and respect our planet for the unique & amazing place it is. That way, we all have a future."