UArts Alum Jared Leto Nominated for Academy Award

1993 Painting major gets Best Supporting Actor nod for his Golden Globe-winning role in 'Dallas Buyers Club'

Jared Leto (left) and co-star Matthew McConaughey in "Dallas Buyers Club."

January 16, 2014

Fresh on the heels of winning a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in “Dallas Buyers Club,” UArts Painting major Jared Leto ’93 has just earned a shot at an accompanying Oscar statuette. The actor, musician, singer and songwriter, who plays a transgender woman dying of AIDS in the film, has been nominated for an Academy Award, also in the Best Supporting Actor category.

Leto, who dropped about 40 pounds to play the role of Rayon, is so convincing as a woman trapped in a man’s body that in one scene, when she dresses as a man to speak to her father, the image of Leto in a business suit is both uncomfortable and jarring.

The Louisiana native has also starred in numerous other productions, including “My So-Called Life,” “How to Make an American Quilt,” “Girl, Interrupted,” “Requiem for a Dream,” “American Psycho,” “Panic Room” and “Chapter 27,” for which he gained more than 65 pounds to play John Lennon’s murderer, Mark David Chapman.

Leto is also the lead vocalist and main songwriter for Thirty Seconds to Mars, a rock band he formed in 1998 with his brother, Shannon Leto. He was twice named one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" in 1996 and 1997, and was listed among the "Teen Idols of the '90s."

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