30 Seconds To Mars singer Jared Leto has won an Academy Award for his role as transsexual Rayon in ‘Dallas Buyers Club’.

The Oscar win is major for Leto as his band 30 Seconds To Mars as a Grammy nomination has always alluded his band.

In his acceptance speech, Jared Leto thanked his mother Ellen who fell pregnant as a teenage girl and brought up Jared and his brother Shannon as a single mum.

“She encouraged here kids to be creative and work hard and do something special,” he said. “That girl was my mother and she’s here tonight. I just want to say ‘I love you mom, thank you for teaching me to dream.”

Leto also mentioned AIDS sufferers around the world. “This is for the 36 million people who have lost the battle to AIDS. And to those of you who have ever felt injustice because of who you are and who you love, I stand here in front of the world with you and for you”.

Dallas Buyers Club was nominated for six Oscars and won three.

Leto picked up the award for Best Supporting Actor, Matthew McConaughey won Best Actor and Best Makeup and Hairstyling went to Adruitha Lee and Robin Matthews.

Dallas Buyers Club was also nominated for Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay and Best Film Editing.