Following in the footsteps of the Golden Globes, the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the Critics Choice Awards and talent agency’s WME’s pre-Oscar party, comes confirmation that the 92nd Academy Awards [Oscars] will be serving a largely vegan menu at the Governors Ball lunch following the ceremony.
And that’s thanks in part to Joaquin Phoenix. Phoenix is on a winning streak with his award-winning role in Joker – and he’s using it to put veganism on the global stage. In his Golden Globes acceptance speech, the long time vegan and animal rights activist thanked the Hollywood Foreign Press for making the connection between animal agriculture and climate change by serving a vegan menu at the awards. (It was reported he had worked with organisers on the menu.)
Phoenix went on to win the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) award where he followed up his win by attending the LA Animal Save Pig Vigil at a slaughterhouse, garnering international press. He told vegan news site, JaneUnchained:
“We have moral obligations to talk about [animals slaughtered for food] and you know, expose it for what it really is. We are so indoctrinated with these happy images of animals on farms, on the covers of meat containers, at restaurants. And it’s a lie.” He added, “I think people need to know the truth and we have an obligation to do that. I’ve seen it for what it is. We have an obligation to expose it. So I have to be here.”
Joaquin Phoenix attending LA Animal Save Pig Vigil. Image: Robert Sud
Announcing its decision to serve a vegan menu, a statement on behalf of the Academy Awards read:
“The Academy is an organization of storytellers from around the world, and we owe our global membership a commitment to supporting the planet,” the organization said in statement. “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.”
Phoenix is nominated (and the front runner) for the Best Actor Oscar – we wait in anticipation of what he’ll say or do next.
Main image: Joaquin Phoenix/Instagram