by Michael dEstries
Categories: People.

gore2.jpg(This article is a cross-post from the green site,

The confetti has fallen, the set has been struck, and the awards have all been tucked away with their new owners . The largest entertainment party of the year is over, and it’s time for a brief recap of all that was good and green (a first!) at the Oscars. (For a more substantial recap, you can check out my live blogging post here.)

Obviously, everyone this morning on the green scene is excited that Al Gore and Co. came away with the Oscar for Best Documentary. In many ways, the Academy allowed Gore a generous amount of exposure throughout the evening — from jokes to walking the stage with Leonardo DiCaprio to announce that the Oscars has ‘gone green.’ If you visit the Academy’s page on the subject however, there is a lot more type spent on ‘How You Can Help The Environment’ rather than on what the Oscars did specifically to change things. The only thing I could find online was a reference to the fact that the Oscar program was printed on environmentally-friendly paper. According to E!, “A note from Oscar producer Laura Ziskin, on page 35, points out that tonight’s paper products were selected “with a sensitivity toward reducing the threats we face from global warming.” Hooray. Only, the program apparently also wasted 50% of the paper it used. “The official Oscar program is, in a word, odd. It’s this big long rectangular thing that you don’t open, but rather flip through at the corners, thereby wasting about 50 percent of the dedicated paper.” Bummer.

Still, the arrivals should have been a little greener this year, right? Well, to a degree, yes, I did spot several hybrids (have not yet managed to determine who arrived in the Tesla Roadster) but anything eco-friendly was again dwarfted by the usual suspects of black limos, SUVs and Lincoln Town Cars.

The Gore camp’s acceptance speech was light and to the point. I especially like that it wasn’t too preachy or political. Al’s been doing a great job lately of blending party lines and attempting to stay (carbon) neutral on the subject. You can view the acceptance speech here thanks to the guys and gals over at Thinkprogress and their quick uploading.

Additional exposure for Inconvenient Truth came from Melissa Etheridge winning Best Song for “I Need To Wake Up”. Her performance was only second to the DreamGirls number (I have to give vocal accolades to Beyonce there) and featured the eco-friendly tips from the movie’s credits behind her. It was a nice addition and wasn’t a distraction to the music. Her quote from the night (in relation to why she should win) was great. “I managed to rhyme An Inconvenient Truth with youth.”

Beyond the above, there wasn’t much else to celebrate on the environmental front. (Though more information on how green the event was may trickle down over the next couple days)  It would be great if next year, the entire event could go carbon neutral with efficient lighting, massive recycling, a committment to offering alternative-fuel vehicles as a free option for the red carpet, and more celebs wearing sustainable fashion. We need to get some more Stella McCartney designs out there! Overall, however, it was a step in the right direction and I’m hopeful that a ‘greening of the Oscars’ will become a yearly tradition and not some one-time trend to soak up the hype. Congrats to Gore and company on their win. Let’s hope his own rising star continues to influence others to make a difference for the world.

image credit: Gabriel Bouys / AFP – Getty Images 

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • Tod Brilliant

    I’m sorry. ..but “the Golden Man?” His film is fine, though not great – it never mentions what we can do as a concerned citizenry to promote powerful legislation/tax shifting that will neuter the very same corps who Gore supported vociferously during his eight years as Vice President (when he did ZERO to help the environment). Apologists will say the VP has no real say, but Dick Cheney proves that a bit wrong, as did Bush Sr. when he was in office).

    Hats off to Laurie David and the others for making the film, but Gore has too much explaining to do about why he sat on his hands when we REALLY NEEDED HIM. It’s pretty much too late now.

  • rebecca

    I think the Golden Man is Oscar. I’m also looking for more details on “How” the Oscars went green. I want details, please. We hope to report more on that in the coming days.

  • Russ Denison

    I’d be interested to know how the east coast visitors at the oscars arrived. My guess is by carbon spewing jets – many of them private. A few token recycled programs does not translate to “green”.

  • michael

    Yea, the ‘Golden Man’ is Oscar.

    Gore aside, it’s a great film that has inspired many people I know to be more proactive with the way they address their impact on the environment. Gore’s an irreplaceable piece of that message. Something about the guy connects with people. He’s also very passionate about the subject. Perhaps his time away from office has actually helped define that passion more than when he was V.P. No idea; either way, he’s brought more attention to the issue and for that, he gets my thanks.

    And Tod, I disagree with you saying ‘it’s too late now’ for Gore to make a difference. That’s a silly assumption. He’s not done yet, and this new role may give him a type of power completely different than that of a Vice President.

  • Suzanne

    The NRDC website has info on what the Oscars did to go green:

  • urbanista

    I suppose I’m glad that the platform of the Oscars was used to espouse green values but there’s something infuriating about being lectured to about going green by a single twenty-something who lives here:

  • urbanista

    oops. i momentarily confused boyish heartthrobs. i believe it was leonardo dicaprio, not justin timberlake. but the mansions are interchangeable: