Green Oscars – no, not Oscar the Grouch…

25 Feb

Can’t believe it’s that time of year again … the Academy Awards that is!

83 years and still going strong, the Red Carpet and the many Hollywood (or Ecollywood) stars who have graced it have made great strides these past few years (ever since An Inconvenient Truth) in transforming this “affair to remember” into a more sustainable one too! For the past nine years, Global Green USA has been supplying celebs with hybrid and alternative fuel rides to the Red Carpet.  Last year, it was the unforgettable film Avatar and the inaugural year of Suzy Amis Cameron’s Red Carpet Green Dress initiative. Who knows what this year will bring, but definite kudos to Ecorazzi, Mother Nature Network, and The Daily Green for highlighting the following Nominees for their green efforts:

  1. Colin Firth (nominated for “The King’s Speech”) and his wife’s green carpet challenge (Livia challenged herself to wear only ethical and sustainable fashions this entire award season).
  2. Leonardo DiCaprio, green veteran, along with fellow green co-stars Ellen Page and Marion Cotillard from Inception, which is nominated for several awards including Best Picture.
  3. Haven’t seen Black Swan yet, but apparently there are a lot of greenies involved, including Natalie Portman and eco-friendly Director Darren Arronofsky.
  4. Film nominees include Gasland, Waste Land, Sun Come Up, The Warriors of Qiugang, and Let’s Pollute. Educational, sharp, and absolutely entertaining, these films are at the forefront of the environmental movement, discussing a variety of pertinent sustainability issues in our ever-globalizing world since the days of my childhood eco-superhero Captain Planet (who coincidentally you can reconnect with through the DVD release of “Captain Planet and the Planeteers: Season One” on Earth Day, April 19, 2011. Did you know that it features many famous voices including Whoopi Goldberg, Meg Ryan, Martin Sheen, Jeff Goldblum, and Sting?)

FYI: Anne Hathaway and James Franco will be hosting the Oscars – two talented actors who I really admire for their work on and off the film set. What about you? Who are you rooting for?

And as with any party, try making yours a less wasteful one with some of these ideas:

  1. Hosting: thank goodness I can count on Real Simple for its quick and easy snacks including “11 Make-Ahead Hors d’Oeuvres Recipes,” and of course its “Party Planning Checklist,” party ideas for numerous themes such as this one. The best part is that you can shop for everything at your local farmers market – New York State jams/jellies/preserves, beer and/or wine, lots of goodies! And who knows, you can whip up your own special Oscar concoctions like the NYTimes featured in its “Cocktails In Honor of Academy Award Nominees.” Just don’t be afraid to use your imagination – Walt Disney sure wasn’t!
  2. You can be green and stylish by getting your dress or suit from a thrift store, making it from recycled fabric, borrowing from a friend, or simply grabbing one from your closet and bedazzling it.  Take a page from Livia & Suzy Amis’ fashion books and green your party wear this season.
  3. Create Voting Ballots using post-consumer waste paper or even your own scrap paper. Just don’t forget to recycle them afterwards.
  4. Clean up by composting your food scraps, washing your dishes, and of course recycling all your recyclables. All the more reason to put away everything else for your next party!
  5. Your idea goes here!

Hmm, if I won an Academy Award, here’s how I’d want my speech to go:

I’d like to thank the Academy for this beautiful, biodegradable Oscar, which I’ll probably plant (accidentally of course) after a night out celebrating this win. I didn’t think I’d stand a chance against all these extremely amazing and talented people, but I guess it does pay to be green … and you like me, you really like me! ^_^

TTFNta ta for now!

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