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Golden Globe Awards to go Meatless and Plastic-Free

Sunday's Golden Globe awards will be the first ever to go entirely meatless.
Sunday's Golden Globe awards will be the first ever to go entirely meatless. (Photo: Joe Shlabotnik)

“The food we eat, the way we grow the food we eat, the way we dispose of the food is one of the large contributors to the climate crisis.”

The “party of the year” for the film and TV industry is making a statement by not serving any meat to its A-list stars at its annual awards show this Sunday.

The 77th annual Golden Globe Awards, which recognizes the best in film and television, will serve a 100% plant-based dinner. The first of the awards shows of the awards season, it’s now the first to go entirely meatless.

In case eagle-eyed viewers are scratching their heads in recollection of the previous 76 award ceremonies: the dinner portion of the awards show is never broadcast for audiences at home. Buffet tables are set up before the awards are given out and taken away before cameras start rolling inside the ceremony. Many celebrities don’t even arrive early enough to take advantage of the free meal, which will be meatless, dairy-free choices this year.

Still, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which is the voting bloc behind the Golden Globes, felt compelled to set a precedent this year in light of the growing debate of a global climate crisis.

“The food we eat, the way we grow the food we eat, the way we dispose of the food is one of the large contributors to the climate crisis,” Lorenzo Soria, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, said in a statement on Thursday.

“The climate crisis is impossible to ignore and after speaking with our peers, and friends in the community, we felt challenged to do better,” he continued, conceding that their efforts were a “small step in response to a big problem”.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association isn’t just stopping with new recipes, either. To reduce plastic waste this year, they will serve water in glass bottles, which will be reused at other events throughout the year. Drinking straws will be made of paper as well.

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In case any film and TV buffs want to follow this example, here is the new menu for the Golden Globes: a chilled golden beet soup appetizer followed by a main course of king oyster mushrooms scallops and wild mushroom risotto, along with carrots and roasted baby purple and green Brussels sprouts.

Drinking water will be via Icelandic Glacial, a company that specializes in a naturally alkaline and sustainably-sourced natural spring water.

Previously, the Golden Globes had offered a vegetarian option along with its meat dishes, of course, and has also gone gluten-free — but this is their first foray into fully vegan.

Since Hollywood is notoriously seen as liberal and left-leaning, this new gesture probably won’t come as a surprise to even the most casual viewer. Some might even say they’re preaching to the choir, considering their constituents. However, the efforts to reduce toxic waste and promote a healthier lifestyle isn’t without merit.

The Golden Globe Awards will air live on NBC this Sunday at 5 p.m. Pacific Time.

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