Oscar Nominees Luncheon Serves Completely Plant-Based Menu

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From left: Laurie Metcalf, Saoirse Ronan and Greta Gerwig

The move by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences for its Monday lunch follows a choice to go vegan by the Golden Globes, Critics' Choice Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards and WME.

Awards season is getting even more green.

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has announced a collection of moves to make Oscar season more environmentally friendly, including serving an entirely plant-based menu at its Oscar Nominees luncheon on Monday. In addition, all food served in the Dolby Theatre lobbies on Feb. 9 prior to the Oscar show itself will be vegan.

The Governors Ball, however, will still serve meat this year, unlike the Golden Globes, which went completely meat-free for 2020. But the Academy said that the menu at the Governors Ball, which follows the Oscars telecast, will be 70 percent plant-based on Feb. 9, with the remainder of the menu composed of dishes that include fish, meat, dairy and eggs. According to the Academy, the Governors Ball has since 2013 offered a menu that is 50 percent plant-based or vegetarian.

“The Academy is an organization of storytellers from around the world, and we owe our global membership a commitment to supporting the planet," the organization said in a statement. "For the past decade, the Academy has been committed to reducing its carbon footprint. For the past seven years, the Oscars show has had a net-zero carbon imprint. We continue to expand our sustainability plan with the ultimate goal of becoming carbon neutral.” The Academy also said it will eliminate the use of plastic bottles at all of its events, including the Nominees Luncheon, the Oscars and the Governors Ball.

The move to go vegan on the awards-show circuit also includes all plant-based menus at the recent Critics' Choice Awards and the Screen Actors Guild Awards, plus WME’s upcoming Oscar-weekend party.