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LGBT in film: Jared Leto wins Best Supporting Actor for transgender role

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Jared Leto’s believable performance in “Dallas Buyers Club” earned him his first Golden Globe. According to a report by Entertainment Weekly on Jan. 12, Leto took home the award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as a transgender woman in the movie.

Leto had to really transform for the movie. He had to shave his body including his eyebrows to deliver the believable performance. He explained his preparation of the role in his acceptance speech:

“I waxed my entire body. I’m just lucky it wasn’t a period piece so I didn’t have to do full Brazilian. …It’s more than an honor to come back and have this support. I never expected it and I never even dreamed of it.”

In the movie, Jared Leto plays a transgender woman named Rayon who is dying from AIDS. Not only does the character deals with gender identity, she deals with the battle against her health in living with HIV/AIDS. Leto gave a shout out to all the “Rayons” out there.

“To all the Rayons of the world, thanks for the inspiration.”

The win Sunday night also gave a stronger voice to all the Rayons out there. Leto, who returned to acting after pursuing his musical dreams, is also expected to win an Oscar for the performance.

The role in “Dallas Buyers Club” was Leto’s first movie in six years. It was quite a way to return to his acting career.

Co-star and leading man, Matthew McConaughey, took home the Globe for best leading actor in a motion picture-drama.


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