When it comes to star power, you don’t get much bigger than Leonardo DiCaprio. The environmental movement has long enjoyed his support, and now, it’s time to share the wealth with the arts. The ‘J. Edgar’ star helped the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) raise 3 million dollars for their push to make film a bigger part of their facility, starting with their new film series curated by critic Elvis Mitchells.

The actor brought lots of star power with him. Guests at the Art + Film gala included Olivia Wilde, Kate Hudson, Jane Fonda, Evan Rachel Wood, Ron Howard, Jason Reitman, Eli Roth, Julian Schnabel and Gus Van Sant. They also honored ‘J. Edgar’ director Clint Eastwood.

DiCaprio said at the event, “As a native of Los Angeles, I want to personally thank everyone associated with LACMA. Your commitment to serve the public through conservation, exhibitions and your interpretation of significant works of art continues to have a valuable impact on our community here in Los Angeles.”

It’s no surprise the actor wanted to help promote the art of film making. When looking at the types of roles he gravitates towards, one sees that he doesn’t often go for the summer blockbuster. He goes for the character study. DiCaprio said about his upcoming film ‘J. Edgar,’ “This type of movie doesn’t really get made that often anymore. This sort of mid to high range drama is becoming more and more scarce in the hollywood studio system.”

The gala ended the evening with a performance by Stevie Wonder. Wish you could have been there? It wasn’t cheap. Tickets for the star studded event ranged from $5,000 to $100,000. But it was all for a great cause. And now, Leo can get back to saving tigers.

About Ali Berman

Ali Berman is a writer, teacher and activist. She works as a humane educator for HEART teaching kids about issues affecting people, animals and the environment. Ali is also a fiction writer. Her published work can be found on her website at aliberman.com. In early 2012 Ali co-founded flipmeover, a production company with the mission to use media to raise awareness of social issues.

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