The Oscars are going green with plant-based menus, not plastic bottles

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FILE PHOTO: 91st Academy Awards – Oscars Show – Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S. February 24, 2019. The Best Picture award for ‘Green Book’. REUTERS/Mike Blake

(Reuters) – The food at this year’s Oscars will be almost entirely plant-based, the Academy of Motion Pictures said on Monday, in line with other celebrity dinners during Hollywood’s 2020 awards season.

The menus for the annual Oscar nominees’ lunch on Monday, as well as the appetizers served ahead of the Academy Awards in Hollywood on Feb. 9, will be 100% plant-based, the academy said.

The menu for the Governors Ball, a glitzy event held immediately after the Oscars, will be 70% plant-based and 30% vegetarian, fish and meat.

Plastic water bottles and other beverages in plastic containers will be eliminated from all Oscars events, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said in a statement.

The academy, whose 8,000 members choose Oscar winners, said it was an “organization of storytellers from around the world, and we owe our global members a commitment to supporting the planet”.

The announcement follows all-plant-based menus at the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild awards dinners earlier this month for nominees, studio executives and guests.

“Joker” star Joaquin Phoenix, a strict vegan, suggested the switch to the Golden Globes sit-down dinner, where the usual steak and fish were replaced with mushroom risotto and scallops with oyster mushrooms.

Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Marguerita Choy

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