Futurama: aliens up for an environmental award?
Who knew Edie Falco, Dr. John Zoidberg and Laurence Fishburne were greening television? With the 21st annual awards from the Environmental Media Awards on Saturday, October 15, documentaries, films and television shows will be up for the green seal of approval by the entertainment world's eco org. Justin Timberlake will also get saluted this year. The EMA's have honored James Cameron, Pierce Brosnan, Darryl Hannah and Ed Begley, Jr. naturally, but there are some surprising candidates for the 2011 prize:
Nurse Jackie gives the environment a shot in the arm.
The TV category provides the most curious choices. Futurama may be a silly selection and audiences know what they'll get with Real Time with Bill Maher, but it's the crime drama's that can deliver an impact. In CSI's episode "Fracked," for instance, two men are murdered over accusations that a natural gas company is poisoning the water in a farming town. Here are the nominees:
• Body of Proof -"Broken Home" on ABC
• CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - "Fracked" on CBS
• The Good Wife - "Real Deal" on CBS
• Futurama - "The Futurama Holiday Spectacular" on Comedy Central
• Hot in Cleveland - "Elka's Snowbird" on TV Land
• Nurse Jackie - "Mitten" on Showtime
Feature film contenders include the cop comedy The Other Guys in which Will Ferrell's character drives a Prius in chase scenes, Yogi Bear, and the animated kids film Rio about smuggling tropical birds.
Of course, documentaries are the usual suspects. Here's 2011's worthy candidates:
• Carbon Nation on what to do about climate change even if you don't believe in it
• Disney Nature's African Cats which donated a portion of ticket sales to protect the Amboseli Wildlife Corridor
• Revenge of the Electric Car, reviewed in Treehugger
• Saving Pelican 895 from HBO addresses the 7,000 pelicans that died from the Gulf oil spill and the efforts to help them survive.
Documentary Saving Pelican 895 focuses on the casualties of the Gulf oil spill.
Since its 1989 launch, the EMA has promoted sustainable production methods, messages and practices in the entertainment business, and saluted the power of showbiz to influence millions of people about environmental awareness.
Other reality TV shows up for the awards include HGTV Green Home 2011 and The Biggest Loser, and in the childrens' TV category Bubble Guppies' "Boy meets squirrel," Fish Hooks' "Legend of the Earth Troll" and Zeke and Luther's "Ball of Trash."
Rio up for Hollywood's Green Oscar.
This year's big celeb draw is Justin Timberlake. The EMA presents the Futures Award to the actor/singer for his environmental efforts "above and beyond...both professionally and personally" Besides donations to green causes, his Mirimichi Golf Course is an Audubon Sanctuary and boasts habitat rehabilitation, water conservation and quality protection, organic fertilizers and a Platinum LEED clubhouse.
Other nods go to the Producers Guild of America for a Green Production Award (maybe they follow the EMA's tip sheet) and Southern Californian Edison which gets the Corporate Responsibility Award.