Crowe later posted a video on social media of his custom firefighting truck, complete with water tank, hoses and fire blankets.
While the bushfires have scorched large swathes of Australia’s eastern and southern coasts since September, it’s only now the emergency has begun gaining serious traction overseas. And the Golden Globes ceremony triggered an avalanche of bushfire-related tributes.
“Before I say anything, Australia, I love you. My heart goes out to everyone who’s suffering in Australia, all the animals we’ve lost,” comedian and television host Ellen DeGeneres said.
Actor Pierce Brosnan, speaking on behalf of the awards organisers, sent the industry’s best wishes to those affected.
“Stay strong, we are with you. God bless,” he said.
Globe-nominee Cate Blanchett acknowledged the messages of support and thanked those who had spoken.
“There are a lot of Australians in the room tonight and I know we’re all very grateful for the call-outs to our fellow compatriots suffering under the bushfires,” Blanchett said while presenting one of the awards.
She added her own thanks for the nation’s volunteer firefighters “who have been at the centre of battling the climate disaster that is facing Australia. And of course, when one country faces a climate disaster we all face a climate disaster. So we’re in it together,” she said.
Speaking on the red carpet, fellow nominee Nicole Kidman said: “Many families have been put under enormous stress and duress right now and we’re so deeply upset and worried.
“There’s enormous strength in [Australia] right now in terms of camaraderie and helping each other. We’re over here so we’re going, what can we do to help? Everyone has been so concerned, they know about it and there’s been such incredible support,” she said.
Other Australian Globes hopeful Margot Robbie took a slightly different tack, posting a video on social media showing picture albums from her childhood playing outside.
“I didn’t want to show you more pictures of the devastation, I wanted you to see how beautiful our country is because it is so beautiful. It’s really, really hurting right now and it really, really needs you,” Robbie said.
She appealed for her followers to “donate anything you can” so that “future generations [can have] the kind of childhood I was so lucky to have”.
While Australia had five nominees at this year’s Globes, including Toni Collette for Unbelievable, only Crowe walked away successful.
Meanwhile Australian comedian Celeste Barber has led an extraordinary global fundraising effort for the NSW Rural Fire Service and bushfire victims which has raised in excess of $30 million.
The campaign has sparked support for the victims from dozens of international celebrities, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Pink and Selena Gomez.
The original Wiggles are even getting back together for a relief concert. Proceeds from the adults-only show will go to the Australian Red Cross and animal welfare charity WIRES.
With Robert Moran and Michael Idato
Josh Dye is a news reporter with The Sydney Morning Herald.