Oscars to continue plant-based awards season trend

By MiNDFOOD

Best actress Oscar nominees for the 91st annual Academy Awards (L-R) Lady Gaga, Yalitza Aparicio, Glenn Close, Olivia Colman and Melissa McCarthy are seen in a combination of file photos.  REUTERS/Staff/File Photos - RC1E230F0940
Best actress Oscar nominees for the 91st annual Academy Awards (L-R) Lady Gaga, Yalitza Aparicio, Glenn Close, Olivia Colman and Melissa McCarthy are seen in a combination of file photos. REUTERS/Staff/File Photos - RC1E230F0940
The Oscars is the latest awards show this season to announce plant-based menus, in an effort to raise environmental awareness about food consumption.

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.

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.

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