When Jared Leto dedicated his Best Supporting Actor Oscar to the "dreamers" in Ukraine in his acceptance speech, he wasn't just tossing words around. Leto and his band 30 Seconds to Mars performed in Kiev, Ukraine on Wednesday night amid the Russia-Ukraine conflict over Crimea. The band played in Kiev's Independence Square to a huge audience who were as excited to hear the band's music as they were their words of encouragement.
The band lead the crowd in a chant of "glory for Ukraine" before Leto addressed the excited fans.
You know, you guys are in the middle of something really beautiful and it may be difficult but there’s no price too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself. And I wanna let you know I understand that other bands have cancelled their shows, but there was no fucking way, no fucking way, that 30 Seconds to Mars wasn’t going to be here in this beautiful city in this great country.
Everyone went wild when Leto said "fucking," so even if not everyone could understand what he was saying, they definitely caught on to his passion at that point.
He went on to dedicate the song "The Kill" to "all the true believers out there... the believers in self, the believers in family, the believers in friends, the believers in love, and the believers in peace."
In recent weeks, to put very simply a much more complicated situation, Ukraine has seen the overthrowing of their former president by Ukrainian protesters, the implementation of an interim government, and the threat of Russia taking control of Crimea. 30 Seconds to Mars making an appearance while other bands cancelled appearances, no doubt brought some positivity to Ukrainian fans during this tumultuous time.
Leto's Oscar speech shared the same sentiments as the concert appearance — that people around the world are keeping their fellow human beings in their thoughts. Leto said at the time, "To all the dreamers out there around the world watching this tonight in places like Ukraine and Venezuela, I want to to say we are here, and as you struggle to make your dreams happen and live the impossible, we are thinking of you tonight."