Al Gore, Sienna Miller, Happy Feet Green with Honors
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Article Date: October 24, 2007 | Publication: E! Online | Author: Natalie Finn
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The newly minted Nobel Peace Prize winner and upcoming 30 Rock guest star had to make room on the mantelpiece Wednesday for yet another honor for his work on climate-change awareness, this time an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Environmental Media Association, which he shared with Live Earth producer Kevin Wall.
All proceeds from Live Earth: The Concerts for a Climate in Crisis, the 24-hour, seven-continent spin-fest that played host to some of music's heaviest hitters in July, went to Gore's nonprofit Alliance for Climate Protection and like-minded U.S. and international organizations.
Happy Feet, in which cuddly dancing-and-singing penguins mixed it up with greedy corporate fisheries and marine-life theme parks, was named best feature film for its ecologically uplifting and informative message, while the episode "Wear," part of Sundance Channel's Big Ideas for a Small Planet series, took top documentary honors.
(Not surprisingly, An Inconvenient Truth was last year's winning doc.)
Also sending a big message from the small screen were the My Name Is Earl episode "Robbed a Stoner Blind," which won for television episodic comedy; television episodic drama winner "Waste Not" from Numb3rs; best reality program winner "Point/Counterpoint," of the über-green HGTV series Living with Ed; and best children's live action program Bindi the Jungle Girl on Discovery Kids, which won for the episode "Not that Many."
Trudie Styler, Sting's wife and a longtime champion of human rights and environmental causes, was honored with the EMA Lifetime Achievement Award.
British fashion plate Sienna Miller was fittingly recognized for her trendsetting savvy, this time with the EMA Futures Award, for her efforts to raise public awareness about global warming.
Incubus, ocean and surfing enthusiasts the lot, picked up the Pepsi Mission in Music Award. The Light Grenades rockers recently returned from Mexico, where they wrapped up the Latin American leg of their current world tour in Guadalajara on Saturday.
Past special honorees have included John Travolta, Edward Norton, Pierce and Keely Brosnan, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dave Matthews Band, Maroon 5, Alanis Morissette, Willie Nelson and Rob Reiner.
Meanwhile, Ed Begley Jr. and Wendie Malick presented Toyota Motor Sales USA with the EMA's first Corporate Responsibility Award.
The 17th annual eco-friendly ceremony—organic cuisine served on china, reusable cloth banners and signs, 100 percent recyclable printed materials (and it's possible Begley was powering the entire production by bicycle)—honoring those who helped spread the green word through movies, television and music took place at the Ebell Club of Los Angeles. The Soup host Joel McHale served as master of ceremonies.
Among those striking a pose on the grass-green carpet were Amber Tamblyn, Gerard Butler, Natasha Henstridge, Emily Deschanel and Ugly Betty costars Anna Ortiz and Michael Urie, who rode in together on a Vespa.
The 2007 EMA Awards will be televised Nov. 7 on E! and BBC International. (E! Online is a division of E! Networks.)