He couldn't be there to accept his Golden Globe, but Russell Crowe has used his absence to redirect some of the award ceremony spotlight onto the bleak reality facing ordinary people far from the bright lights of Hollywood.
In a poignant message read out by Jennifer Aniston, the actor delivered a powerful indictment on the bushfire crisis threatening communities back home.
"Make no mistake, the tragedy unfolding in Australia is climate change based," Aniston read from Crowe's speech.
"We need to act based on science, move our global workforce to renewable energy, and respect our planet for the unique and amazing place it is. That way we all have a future. Thank you."
Crowe received the Golden Globe for best actor in a limited series or motion picture made for television.
His Nana Glen property near Coffs Harbour was hit by bushfires a few weeks ago.
"Russell Crowe could not be with us tonight because he's at home in Australia protecting his family from the devastating bushfires," Aniston said.
In late November, when the fire season made a premature and devastating star, the actor spearheaded a $400,000 donation to the NSW Rural Fire Service, after pledging to match the price of a hat he auctioned off to raise money for the firefighters.
The Oscar winner had released video footage of the NSW bush scorched by fires not far from his property near Coffs Harbour.
He was not in the country when the bushfires hit property in November, and said at the time that his family was safe.