Winner Jared Leto


Credits


SUPPORTING MALE: Dallas Buyers Club – “Rayon”


Synopsis


An imperfect man fights for survival during an uncertain time in America. Inspired by true events, Ron Woodroof’s story of strength is told in Dallas Buyers Club, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée from an original screenplay by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack. Spirit Award winner Matthew McConaughey portrays the real-life character, whose self-interest is galvanized into something much more.

A son of Texas, Ron Woodroof is an electrician and rodeo cowboy. In 1985, he is well into an unexamined existence with a devil-may-care lifestyle. Suddenly, Ron is blindsided by being diagnosed as H.I.V.-positive and given 30 days to live. Yet he will not, and does not, accept a death sentence.

His crash course of research reveals a lack of approved treatments and medications in the U.S., so Ron crosses the border into Mexico. There, he learns about alternative treatments and begins smuggling them into the U.S., challenging the medical and scientific community including his concerned physician, Dr. Eve Saks (Jennifer Garner). An outsider to the gay community, Ron finds an unlikely ally in fellow AIDS patient Rayon (Jared Leto), a transsexual who shares Ron’s lust for life. Rayon also shares Ron’s entrepreneurial spirit: seeking to avoid government sanctions against selling non-approved medicines and supplements, they establish a “buyers club,” where H.I.V.-positive people pay monthly dues for access to the newly acquired supplies.

Deep in the heart of Texas, Ron’s pioneering underground collective beats loud and strong. With a growing community of friends and clients, Ron fights for dignity, education, and acceptance. In the years following his diagnosis, the embattled Lone Star loner lives life to the fullest like never before.


Biography


JARED LETO is an actor, musician, and director. His two decades of work as an actor have encompassed a host of intense and transformative performances. These have included his portrayals in Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem for a Dream, alongside Ellen Burstyn, Jennifer Connelly, and Marlon Wayans; Steve James’ Prefontaine, as real-life athlete Steve Prefontaine; J.P. Schaefer’s Chapter 27, for which he was voted the Audience Award at the 2007 Zurich Film Festival; David Fincher’s Fight Club, with Brad Pitt and Edward Norton, and Panic Room, with Jodie Foster and Forest Whitaker; Mary Harron’s American Psycho, opposite Christian Bale; Andrew Niccol’s Lord of War, alongside Nicolas Cage and Ethan Hawke; Oliver Stone’s Alexander, opposite Colin Farrell; Todd Robinson’s Lonely Hearts, alongside Salma Hayek; James Mangold’s Girl, Interrupted, with Winona Ryder and Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie; Terrence Malick’s The Thin Red Line; and Jaco Van Dormael’s Mr. Nobody, opposite Sarah Polley, Rhys Ifans, and Diane Kruger.

He was recently honored with the Gotham Independent Film Audience Award for his documentary feature Artifact, which he produced with Emma Ludbrook. The movie also won the People’s Choice award, for documentaries, at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. Mr. Leto directed Artifact under the pseudonym Bartholomew Cubbins. Under that name, he also directs music videos for the multi-platinum-selling rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars. He is the lead vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter for the band, which comprises Mr. Leto, his brother Shannon Leto, and Tomo Milicevic.

Thirty Seconds to Mars has released four studio records, including 2013’s Love Lust Faith + Dreams. Among their rock radio hits have been the songs “This Is War” and “Kings and Queens.” The band has encircled the globe in sold-out shows, playing over 300 shows in nearly 60 countries on six continents to 3 million people, thereby breaking the Guinness World Record for the longest-ever concert tour by a rock band. Thirty Seconds to Mars has sold over 5 million albums worldwide and their music videos have received more than 300 million views on YouTube. The group has received numerous awards worldwide, including a dozen MTV Awards; a Billboard Music Award; and honors from NME, Kerrang!, and Fuse. They were most recently nominated for three 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, including Best Rock Video.