While critics continue to debate whether Jared Leto's performance as a transgender character in Dallas Buyers Club was good for the LGBT community or an example of "trans mammyism," the 30 Seconds to Mars frontman nabbed his first Academy Award on Sunday night.
After Anne Hathaway revealed he won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for the role of Rayon, Leto took the stage and paid tribute to his mother, his fellow nominees, his band and the LGBT community. "To the 36 million people who have lost the battle to AIDS and those out there who have ever faced injustice for who you are and who you love, I stand here for you tonight," Leto said.
Dallas Buyers Club was Leto's first film after a six-year break from acting. He even told Fuse, "I didn't know if I'd ever make a film again," but the script for Dallas Buyers convinced him to get back on the big screen.
Leto recently revealed that he altered Rayon from the original script, convincing the director to tone down the character's obsession with glam rock. "If they wanted that kind of performance—anything glam, or anything drag queen-y—I wasn't the person for the part," Leto told Flaunt magazine.
Leto worked with transgender activist Calpernia Addams to accurately portray his character—the same coach who advised Felicity Huffman on her Oscar-nominated role in Transamerica. Still, the 30STM singer has faced plenty of criticism for the role, with one person even heckling him during a public Q&A for "trans misogyny."