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Oscar's Leading Men Give Back

USA Today

March 09, 2010

And the Oscar goes to…

Many of these 2010 Oscar-nominated leading men have been leading in their communities for years. Read on to learn how they’ve made a difference.

Best Actor

Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart

Bridges co-founded the End Hunger Network back in 1983. Originally founded to end world hunger, it is now primarily focused on ending childhood hunger in the U.S. by 2015.

You can also catch Bridges on the recently re-recorded We Are the World for Haiti relief efforts.

George Clooney, Up in the Air

Clooney co-founded Not On Our Watch with his Ocean’s 11 co-stars Don Cheadle, Matt Damon and Brad Pitt, and producer Jerry Weintraub to stop the genocide in Darfur. The organization has donated millions of dollars to the cause. Most of the funding goes through the United Nations World Food Programme, reports The organization also made a $1 million donation to Partners In Health for Haiti relief and rebuilding efforts.

Clooney recently teamed with MTV Networks to host the Hope for Haiti Now telethon, which raised more than $58 million for Haiti relief.

Colin Firth, A Single Man

Firth supports Oxfam International and its Make Trade Fair initiative.

Firth, who also serves as an Oxfam Ambassador, auctioned off an opportunity to hang out with him on eBay last September to raise money for the charity.

Morgan Freeman, Invictus

Freeman wrote a cookbook Morgan Freeman and Friends: Caribbean Cooking for a Cause. Celebrities such as Tom Hanks and Hilary Swank contributed their own recipes. Proceeds go to the Grenada Relief Fund (the name was changed to PlanIt Now in 2007) , a charity that Freeman helped found after Hurricanes Ivan and Emily hit the Caribbean island in 2004.

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