You can't deny that it's easy to get swept up by all the glitz and glamour in the world of Hollywood. After all, being surrounded by all that wealth and fame, it's understandable how some get carried away and forget about what really matters.
Thankfully, a number of stars make a point to remain grounded by pouring their hearts into causes that they believe in. The following six Academy Award attendees have shared their wealth and kindness to support others less fortunate in the world, as well as using their astronomical celebrity status to push for discussions over political, social and environmental issues. Find out who is eager to make a change this year at the Oscars:
1. Mark Ruffalo
Recently, Mark Ruffalo publicly brought up environmental politics when he directly addressed the Prime Minister of Britain, David Cameron. The 2-minute video criticized the PM for allowing fracking in the country – the controversial process blasts water, chemicals and sand at shale rocks to release gas trapped within. Joining widespread opposition to the practice, he said:
"Mr. Cameron, you're making an enormous mistake. Your people don't want [fracking], you have already told them once before that if they didn't want it you wouldn't push them to take it. You're turning your back on your word, sir. Today we are at the precipice of a renewable energy revolution."
Watch the full address here:
2. Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie continues to be known for her extensive humanitarian work, having been named as a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador. To this day, she has visited over 30 countries worldwide, risking her life in order to help others. In 2003, she founded the Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation (named after her first adopted son) to support community development and environmental conservation in Cambodia. This year, she will undoubtedly be one of the most charitable celebrities walking the Oscars red carpet.
3. Leonardo DiCaprio
Ever since we can remember, Leo has been very outspoken about the protection of the environment. Not only did he write, narrate and produce environmental documentary The 11th Hour in 2007, but he has continued to use his celebrity to spread awareness of the need to protect our fragile planet:
5. George Clooney
George Clooney is another charitable heart in the entertainment industry and bears a particular focus on humanitarian crises in regions such as Darfur and Sudan. For decades, the war torn area has seen over 2 million killed, tortured, raped, enslaved and sold over the control of oil. Unable to sit on his laurels, he established the Satellite Sentinel Project which put in place satellite surveillance to monitor potential human rights abuses. Speaking of the project, he once said:
"We went to DigitalGlobal and asked why, if you can Google Earth my house, can’t we do that to war criminals too? In the last few months we’ve been able to get photographs of mass graves and observe the bombing of civilians."
And guess how he funds all this? Through his huge ad campaigns for Nespresso of course! Nice one, George.
6. Patricia Arquette
At last year's Academy Awards, scooping up an award for Best Supporting Actress for Boyhood, Patricia Arquette performed the expected round of "thank-yous" before bringing the house down with one of the most powerful calls to action ever seen on the Oscars podium. Expressing her passionate support of female equality, she dedicated the final words of her acceptance speech to fellow American women:
“To every woman who gave birth to every tax payer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights. It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the United States of America.”
Here's what she had to say in full: