Oscars 2014: Jared Leto wins best supporting actor

The 42-year-old actor has taken home the prestigious award for his role in Dallas Buyers Club

Jared Leto has won the award for best supporting actor at tonight’s Oscars ceremony


The 42-year-old actor has taken home the prestigious prize for his role in Dallas Buyers Club.

Leto played Rayon, a transgender AIDs patient, in the film about Ron Woodroof, a cowboy takes on pharmaceutical companies during the 1980s after finding out he is HIV positive. 

The star beat off competition from Captain Phillips’ Barkhad Abdi, American Hustle’s Bradley Cooper, 12 Years a Slave’s Michael Fassbender and The Wolf of Wall Street’s Jonah Hill. 

Collecting his golden statuette, Leto thanked his brother and his mum saying: “I love you mum. Thank you for teaching me to dream.”

“To all the dreamers out there watching this tonight in Venezula and Ukraine… I want to say we are here and as you struggle to make your dreams happen, to live the impossible, we are thinking of you tonight,” he added, before dedicating his award to “the 36 million who have lost the battle with AIDs.”

Leto starred alongside fellow Oscars nominee Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner in the Jean-Marc Vallée directed movie, which was also nominated for best picture