NEW YORK — An Australian actor who plays a black man in the “Wicked” film franchise won a Golden Globe Award for the most beautiful man.
In an emotional acceptance speech Monday night, Tony Award-winner James Dolan, who is of Irish descent, said he wanted to acknowledge the work of actors like his wife, actress Jennifer Garner, and actress Melissa Leo who are also black.
“I wanted to recognize all of the incredible work that is going on in Hollywood, and I wanted to pay tribute to all the black people in this industry,” Dolan said.
“And I want to thank all the talented people in our industry who are not only black, but who are all wonderful.”
Garrett, who won the Best Actress Oscar for her performance as Latoya Jones in the film, wore a black dress with a red, white and blue belt around her neck, which she was given by actor Mark Ruffalo.
She also wore a red and white lace neckerchief and wore an elaborate floral neckerban.
Leo, who plays Latoya, also wore an elegant black dress, which featured a red flower on a white background and was given to her by Ruffalo and his wife.
Ruffalo, who has also won an Academy Award, is also a father of two, the New York Daily News reported.
Dolan was born in Melbourne, Australia and grew up in Sydney, Australia, before moving to New York and eventually Hollywood.
He has appeared in more than 50 films and TV shows, including “Dancing With the Stars” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” as well as television shows like “Brooklynese” and the “Brooklynne” series.
“My father was an Australian, he’s Australian and I’m a black Australian,” Dola said.
“My mother was born and raised in Melbourne.
My mother was a teacher, and my father was a very good teacher, a very bright and kind man.”
He continued, “So I think it’s something to be proud of, and something to aspire to, and a great legacy to be able to pass on to my children and to my grandchildren.
And I want it to be a great story to pass down.”
The Oscars ceremony will be broadcast live on ABC on Sunday, Feb. 27 at 8 p.m.
The full ceremony will also be broadcast on ABC News and ESPN.