Russell Crowe may not have been at the Golden Globes on Sunday night – but he sent a message to Hollywood elite about the wildfires in Australia.
After winning best actor in a limited series or TV movie for “The Loudest Voice,” presenter and Golden Globes nominee Jennifer Aniston said, “Russell Crowe could not be here with us tonight because he is at home in Australia protecting his family from the devastating bushfires.”
Authorities have said this season’s fires are the worst in Australia’s history, and the crisis is likely to last for months. Hundreds of fires are active across the nation, and more than 12 million acres of land have been scorched.
Aniston read a message Crowe sent in case he won.
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Russell Crowe as Roger Ailes in “The Loudest Voice. (Photo: JOJO WHILDEN/SHOWTIME)
“Make no mistake,” Crowe wrote. “The tragedy unfolding in Australia is climate change-based. 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. That way we all have a future, thank you.”
Crowe has been posting about the fires on Instagram and Twitter regularly over the last couple of months. In November, Crowe posted that the fire hit his place in Australia.
“My family are safe, billeted with friends. Fire hit my place late in the day yesterday,” he wrote at the time. “My heart goes out to everyone in the valley.”
Crowe has donated to NSW Rural Fire Service and encouraged others to do the same.
Other celebrities have spoken out as well, including Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban. Bindi Irwin and her family are working to help thousands of animals affected.
Contributing: Morgan Hines, Doyle Rice and Grace Hauck
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