Former Student Jared Leto Wins Oscar for Best Supporting Actor

His performance in 'Dallas Buyers Club' earns him an Academy Award, Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award

Jared Leto (left) and co-star Matthew McConaughey in "Dallas Buyers Club."

March 3, 2014

Jared Leto's remarkable performance in "Dallas Buyers Club" as Rayon, a transgender woman dying of AIDS, earned him the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and completes the awards-season sweep for the former UArts student. Leto '93 also won a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award for his indelible portrayal.

Leto dropped nearly 40 pounds to play the role of Rayon. His co-star in "Dallas Buyers Club," Matthew McConaughey, won the Oscar for Best Actor in a Lead Role at the 86th Academy Awards, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres.

In his acceptance speech, Leto showered thanks on his mother, and extended his thoughts to the people of the volatile hotspots of Ukraine and Venezuela. He closed his speech by saying "And this for the 36 million people who have lost the battle to AIDS and to those of you out there who have ever felt injustice because of who you are or who you love, tonight I stand here in front of the world with you and for you. Thank you so much and goodnight."

Leto has also starred in numerous other productions, including "My So-Called Life," "How to Make an American Quilt," "Girl, Interrupted," "Requiem for a Dream," "American Psycho," "Panic Room" and "Chapter 27," for which he gained more than 65 pounds to play John Lennon's murderer, Mark David Chapman.

The Louisiana native is also the lead vocalist and main songwriter for Thirty Seconds to Mars, a rock band he formed in 1998 with his brother, Shannon Leto.

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