'Need to do more': Celebrities show support for Australia at Golden Globes

Kristine Tarbert
·Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
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Stars address the bushfires at the Golden Globes. Photos: Getty

A host of Hollywood’s biggest stars have addressed the ongoing bushfire crisis happening across Australia on stage at the 2020 Golden Globe awards.

Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, and Ellen DeGeneres were among some of the celebrities to speak out over the devastation that has been happening across the country since November.

Joker star Joaquin Phoenix perhaps put it best while accepting his award for best actor, calling on everyone to do more than simply send their well wishes, including making a subtle dig at the rich and famous present for some of their less environmentally-friendly actions.

“It's really nice that so many people come up and sent their wishes to Australia but we need more than that,” he said on stage.

“Hopefully, we can be unified and actually make some changes. It's great to vote, but sometimes we have to take that responsibility on ourselves and make changes and sacrifices in our own lives ... we don't have to take private jets to Palm Springs for the awards.”

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: In this handout photo provided by NBCUniversal Media, LLC,  Joaquin Phoenix accepts the award for BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE - DRAMA for "Joker" onstage during the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 5, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal Media, LLC via Getty Images)
Joaquin Phoenix asked celebrities to 'do more'. Photo: Getty

Cate Blanchett used her short time introducing the multi-nominated film Joker to send an international thank you to volunteer bushfires across the nation, a message that received resounding applause from the star-studded audience.

The actress also pointedly labelled the bushfire emergency a ‘climate crisis’, inflammatory words in the face of continued resistance to radical climate change policy the phrase calls for.

Russell Crowe used his words rather than presence, absent from the ceremony as he continues to deal with the fire devastation to his NSW property.

The 55-year-old won a Golden Globe for best actor in a limited series or motion picture for television for his performance as Roger Ailes in The Loudest Voice.

The Oscar-winner left Hollywood heavyweight Jennifer Aniston read out a statement on his behalf.

“Make no mistake, the tragedy unfolding in Australia is climate-change based,” the message read.

“We need to act based on science, move our global workforce to renewable energy and respect our planet for the unique and amazing place it is so we all have a future.”

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Jennifer Aniston read a message from Russell at the awards. Photo: CBS

And Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais closed the entire show with, “Please donate to Australia”.

Fans were quick to take to Twitter to applaud the actors for continuing to raise awareness on a global scale of the continuing crisis in Australia

“Helping to lead conversations about climate change is what’s needed,” one person wrote.

Pierce Brosnan and Ellen DeGeneres showed their support for Australia during their time on stage, extending their well wishes to victims of the bushfires.

“Australia, I love you,” Ellen said during her acceptance speech for the Carol Burnett Award.

Meanwhile, Pierce said: “Stay strong. We are with you. God bless.”

Meanwhile, Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge annouced backstage she would be auctioning off her incredible Ralph Russo power suit and donate all proceeds to bushfire relief.

Russell Crowe’s property hit by bushfires

The Oscar winner confirmed his property had been affected by the bushfires ravaging NSW and QLD in November.

“Fire hit my place late in the day yesterday. My heart goes out to everyone in the valley,” he wrote.

“I’m not in Australia. My family are safe, billeted with friends.”

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Images show a burnt paddock and shell of a boat. Photo: Twitter/russellcrowe

He also shared images of his rural property, an expansive 320-hectare property in Nana Glen, west of Coffs Harbour showing how close the flames came to the house.

Nicole Kidman holds back tears as her home is 'under threat' from bushfires

Nicole Kidman was also pictured looking sombre and holding back tears at a Hollywood event, after she revealed her home she shares with husband Keith Urban is ‘under threat’ from bushfires.

The 52-year-old Aussie actress attended a pre Golden Globes event on Saturday in Los Angeles, ahead of the main awards show.

Nicole, who is known for her upbeat and energetic manner on the red carpet, appeared downcast and forlorn as she donned a pair of black sunglasses to make her way to the event, only taking them off to pose for photographers.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 04: (L-R) Ezera Frech, Nicole Kidman and Clayton Frech attend the 7th Annual Gold Meets Golden - Inside at Virginia Robinson Gardens and Estate on January 04, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images)
Nicole Kidman (with Ezera and Clayton Frech) was lowkey in sunglasses and a trench coat at a pre-Golden Globes event. Picture: Getty

The Australian actress and her singer husband, Keith Urban, have also donated $500,000 to the Rural Fire Services.

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