2 days away from the Oscars and there is a lot in film this year to celebrate. Diverse topics and themes - from madness to overcoming adversity to social networking and more; easy springboards for meaningful cocktail and dinner conversation. My personal favorite for best picture is The King's Speech even though it might be less historically meaningful than The Social Network. For best actor, I have to go with Colin Firth. Hands down. And did you know that Colin Firth and his wife, Livia, own a store in the UK called Eco-Age ?
Eco Age home page:
"We at Eco Age work with the best of national and international designers to bring you the best from the sustainable world. From toys to bespoke furniture, green cleaning products to energy saving gadgets, this is the place to be."
Many of the nominees have a "green" association but what are some of the green films this year?
Waste Land and Gasland are the two of the better known films in this category and both are up for Best Documentary. Waste Land is set in Rio de Janeiro and depicts life for those who depend on and make their living "picking" from the world's largest garbage dump/landfill. Gasland - see trailer above - is a view into natural gas extraction via hydraulic fracturing. Both films were winners at Sundance. Gasland received additional attention, as did actor Mark Ruffalo, (one of my favorites and up for Best Supporting Actor in The Kids are All Right) when it was rumored that he was put on the terrorist watch list by the Office of Homeland Security in Pennsylvania - he did organize several screenings of this film. (Other eco-impact films include Sun Come Up and Warriors of Quigang - I have not watched these yet.)
I read somewhere that Livia Firth put up a challenge for this year's awards season - to wear sustainable fashion on the red carpet. Well, I am up for this challenge but I will not be anywhere near the red carpet Sunday night; I will be home in an organic cotton tee shirt and snacking on organic popcorn. I think this counts.