The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the Governors Ball, which is held following the Oscars, will have a 70 per cent plant-based menu catered by Wolfgang Puck.
An entirely plant-based menu was offered at Monday’s Oscar Nominees Luncheon, and will also be served in the Dolby Theatre lobbies ahead of the awards show on 9 February.
“The Academy is an organisation of storytellers from around the world, and we owe our global membership a commitment to supporting the planet. For the past decade, the Academy has been committed to reducing its carbon footprint. For the past seven years, the Oscars show has had a zero-carbon imprint. We continue to expand our sustainability plan with the ultimate goal of becoming carbon neutral,” the AMPAS said in a statement.
Other awards shows to offer plant-based menus this year include the Golden Globe Awards, the Critics’ Choice Awards, and the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
— Golden Globe Awards (@goldenglobes) January 2, 2020
The Golden Globes changed the menu to be plant-based at the last minute ahead of the ceremony, with Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Lorenzo Soria explaining that it was “impossible to ignore” the climate crisis.
“Over the holidays, we took time to reflect on the last year and began thinking about the new year and the decade ahead,” he said in a post to the Golden Globes Facebook page.
“The climate crisis is impossible to ignore and after speaking with our peers, and friends in the community, we felt challenged to do better.”
The decision was met with praise by climate activists including Leonardo DiCaprio.
— Leonardo DiCaprio (@LeoDiCaprio) January 2, 2020