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Best supporting actor winner Jared Leto encourages Ukraine and Venezuela at the Oscars

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Actor Jared Leto mentioned the tumultuous struggle for freedom in Ukraine and Venezuela in his Oscar speech Sunday night.

"To all the dreamers around the world watching this right now, from the Ukraine to Venezuela – we think of you as you struggle to bring to life the dreams that fill your heart," he said. "The impossible is possible, and we believe."

Speaking to reporters after accepting his award, Leto explained that it was important to recognize those around the globe who were oppressed.

“Number one, because it’s important to me,” Leto said. “Number two, because I think it’s appropriate to the material, to the story, to the film. And number three, because you have an opportunity when you stand on this stage. You can make it about yourself or you can hold up a mirror and shine a light, and that’s what I chose to do tonight."

Leto announced plans to travel to both Ukraine and Venezuela with his band "Thirty Seconds to Mars."

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