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Stars support Haiti at Critics' Choice Awards

January 15, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
A big turnout in Hollywood Friday night for the 15th Annual Critics' Choice Awards. But the entertainment community is also focused on helping Haitian earthquake victims. Celebrities spoke out on the humanitarian crisis in Haiti at the Hollywood Palladium. Members of the Hollywood community are trying to balance a weekend of major award shows with plans to raise money to help Haitian earthquake victims.

It was a night for celebration and recognition, but also on the minds of Hollywood "A-listers": the tragedy in Haiti.

"I've joined the Red Cross in helping their efforts I'm doing everything I can on my Web site and through my blog and Twitter to inspire others," said Kenny Ortega, director of "Michael Jackson's This Is It!"

"As soon as I get my head together I would love to do something about it because I've been sitting at home heartsick about what's going on with my brothers and sisters in Haiti," said "Inglourious Basterds" writer-director Quentin Tarantino.

Actor Kevin Bacon was honored Friday night for his charitable efforts through his Web site, SixDegrees.org. He's raised millions of dollars for various causes, and within hours after the 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Tuesday, his home page had direct links to a series of charities benefiting Haitian relief efforts.

"We think of Americans sometimes as a very divided people, but I really believe that when it comes to something like this, this is a country that really does step up," said Bacon.

"The tragedy in Haiti needs to bring the world together, and if we notice the state of the world, we're so very separate, and we're so quick to judge and turn our back," said Mo'nique, who won best supporting actress for her role in "Precious."

The critic's choice for best actress, Sandra Bullock, was asked in the press room if she's done anything to help the quake victims.

"I have," said Bullock.

She certainly has: Bullock Friday donated a million dollars to Doctors Without Borders emergency operations in Port-au-Prince.

And the efforts to raise more money will hit global television next week with a two-hour telethon broadcasting live from Los Angeles, New York and Haiti. Actor George Clooney will host the L.A. portion.

George Clooney, who was nominated for a Critics' Choice best actor award, skipped the ceremony so he could meet with recording artist Wyclef Jean. The two are organizing the major star-studded telethon called "Hope for Haiti." The broadcast will air on all the major networks on Friday, Jan. 22, at 8 p.m. PT.