Gwyneth Paltrow, More Stars Champion Reform at Environmental Media Awards
"Climate change is here," said host Lance Bass. "And it's almost too late to do something about it."
Hollywood spoke out against climate change and unequal pay at this weekend's 25th annual Environmental Media Awards, held at Warner Bros. Studios lot in Burbank.
The ceremony, founded by TV writer and producer Norman Lear, got attendees thinking about the changes they wanted to see in the future. Some celebrities, like Andie MacDowell, discussed specific issues like national forest preservation, while Sex and the City's Kristin Davis advocated for endangered elephants, the subject of her new documentary, Gardeners of Eden.
Still, the message was clear: Change needs to happen. "Climate change is here," said host Lance Bass. "And it's almost too late to do something about it."
Also in the spirit of reform, many stars voiced their support for Jennifer Lawrence and her recent call for equal pay for women in an essay for Lenny Letter.
"I don't appreciate the double standard, and I'm with her," Rachelle Lefavre of Under the Dome said. "I'm very ready to apologize when I'm wrong, and I'm ready to be wrong. I think those qualities allow a woman to be outspoken, allow anyone to be outspoken, and I honestly don't like it when being assertive categorizes me as being a bitch or overbearing."
Lefavre also expressed regret at having to work harder than men in Hollywood for equal or less pay. "I've had to pass on a job entirely, and then come back, and have them go, 'Oh, alright.' Whereas my male co-star hasn't had to do that at all. They just give him what he feels he's worth."
UnReal's Constance Zimmer mentioned a double standard for mothers in Hollywood, and applauded Bradley Cooper for pledging to reveal his salary in the future. "I mean, girls reveal what they're making to each other all the time," she said. "I could go into the fact that women already carry so much more weight in general. I mean, we give birth to a human. And I just feel like--you give birth to a human and then you're expected to snap back and go back to work six weeks later. And yet, you're not being treated equally as a man who's not doing that?"
During the ceremony, winners ranged from The Newsroom (TV episodic drama), Vice (reality television), The Simpsons (TV episodic comedy), Virunga (documentary film), Interstellar (feature film), Miles from Tomorrowland (children's television) and "Dear Future Generations: Sorry" (best digital short).
Among the night's honorees were Gwyneth Paltrow of Mortdecai, The Eagles' Don Henley, Mad Max's George Miller, Kristin Davis and former White House advisor Van Jones.
While the night's winners expressed feelings of gratitude, frustration and opportunity, it was ultimately The Simpsons' Yeardly Smith who received some of the biggest laughs of the night as she summed up her ultimate views on the EMAs.
"I hope in 25 years," she said, "these awards will be as purposeless as every other awards show."