Celebrities, much like the rest of the population, are understandably drawn to glitzy events such as the Golden Globes which offer them a chance to mingle with the crème de la crème in entertainment industry, dine on impossibly decadent cuisine, scoop up high-end goody bags galore and quite possibly even snag an award or two.
Alec Baldwin, no stranger to the Hollywood party awards circuit, has himself been the beneficiary of many awards in his day, most recently for his absolutely spot-on work in the much praised NBC comedy, 30 Rock. This past Sunday, he was once again given the prestigious honor of scoring a Golden Globe For Best Actor in a Television Comedy…and yet he was missing in action.
His excuse? Actually, quite a good one. Baldwin wisely took to the Huffington Post early this morning to reach out to the public and explain why he was absent from such a career-affirming moment:
“I was unable to attend the ceremony due to a previous and longstanding commitment to co-host the Waterkeeper Alliance dinner, along with Robert Kennedy Jr. and Marcia Gay Harden, at the Banff Springs Hotel in Alberta, Canada.”
His eloquent explanation continued on, addressing the fact that the event — which culminated in a charity sledding contest which raised funds to protect North American waterways — was made more personal due to the tragic death of a pivotal organizer in an avalanche just 10 months ago.
A staunch eco-advocate who spends a great deal of his personal time rallying around environmental causes, the funnyman is far more active in fundraising circuits than the public is probably aware. He is also particularly inspired by the tireless efforts of environmental attorney Robert Kennedy, Jr., claiming that he has carved a niche out for himself as one of the most remarkably unsung “environmental heroes of our time.”
As for all the hoopla over Baldwin’s absence from the 67th Golden Globe Awards, he extended a sincere apology via Huffington Post and appreciation for the award he was given. To read Baldwin’s entire post, visit HuffingtonPost.com.
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