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2015 Environmental Media Association Awards Urge Climate Action

Who is the Environmental Media Association?

From combating climate change, to wildlife preservation and wilderness conservation, the Environmental Media Association (EMA) uses the power of Hollywood to inspire change and create solutions for our planet. Founded in 1989 by Cindy and Alan Horn and Lyn and Norman Lear, EMA is a Non-Profit 501(c)3 Organization dedicated to leveraging media and pop culture’s influence to protect the environment.

Since 1991, the EMA Awards have been used to celebrate the entertainment industry’s environmental efforts and sustainability champions. On October 24th, 2015, at Warner Bros. Studios in

BURBANK, CA - OCTOBER 24:  Actress Blythe Danner (L) and honoree Gwyneth Paltrow attend the 25th annual EMA Awards presented by Toyota and Lexus and hosted by the Environmental Media Association at Warner Bros. Studios on October 24, 2015 in Burbank, California.  (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for Environmental Media Awards)

BURBANK, CA – OCTOBER 24: Actress Blythe Danner (L) and honoree Gwyneth Paltrow attend the 25th annual EMA Awards presented by Toyota and Lexus and hosted by the Environmental Media Association at Warner Bros. Studios on October 24, 2015 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for Environmental Media Awards)

Burbank, CA, EMA announced the 25th Anniversary EMA Award winners, presented by Toyota and Lexus.

Special Honors for Entertainment Industry awards were given to people in the entertainment industry who have gone above and beyond to help the environment both professionally and personally. 2015 award recipients included:

  • EMA Green Parent Award – Gwyneth Paltrow
  • EMA Wildlife Conservation Award – Kristin Davis
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – George Miller
  • EMA Missions in Music – Don Henley
  • EMA Greenbiz Global Innovator Award – Van Jones
  • EMA Corporate Responsibility Award – Zem & James Joaquin

Category Award winners were selected based on their work’s ability to (1) express their concern for the environment in myriad ways using the medium of entertainment; (2) help increase public awareness of environmental issues; and (3) use story lines, environmental practices or role modeling in their work and/or personal lives. The category award winners and nominees were as follows:

Feature Film

  • Winner – Interstellar (Paramount)
    • Nominee – Mad Max: Fury Road (Warner Bros.)
    • Nominee – Disneynature Monkey Kingdom (Disney)

Television Episodic Comedy

  • Winner – The Simpson’s: “Opposites-A-Frack” (Fox)
    • Nominee – Bob’s Burgers: “Late Afternoon in the Garden of Bob and Louise” (Fox)
    • Nominee – Cristela: “Last Goose Standing” (ABC)

Television Episodic Drama

  • Winner – The Newsroom (HBO)
    • Nominee – The Blacklist (Sony-NBC)

Reality Primetime Program

BURBANK, CA - OCTOBER 24:  Van Jones accepts the "Greenbiz Global Innovator Award" onstage during the 25th annual EMA Awards presented by Toyota and Lexus and hosted by the Environmental Media Association at Warner Bros. Studios on October 24, 2015 in Burbank, California.  (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for Environmental Media Awards)

BURBANK, CA – OCTOBER 24: Van Jones accepts the “Greenbiz Global Innovator Award” onstage during the 25th annual EMA Awards presented by Toyota and Lexus and hosted by the Environmental Media Association at Warner Bros. Studios on October 24, 2015 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for Environmental Media Awards)

  • Winner – Vice: “Our Rising Oceans” (HBO)
    • Nominee – Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: “Season 2 Episode 10” (HBO)
    • Nominee – Biggest and Baddest: “Man-Eating Tiger” (National Geographic)

Children’s Television Series

  • Winner – Miles From Tomorrowland: “Junked” (Disney)
    • Nominee – Clanger’s: “Space Triangle” (NBCUniversal)
    • Nominee – Dora and Friends in the City: “Magical Mermaid Adventure” (Nickelodeon)

Documentary

  • Winner – Virunga (Netflix)
    • Nominee – Gardeners of Eden
    • Nominee – Slingshot (White Dwarf Productions)
    • Nominee – The True Cost (Untold LA)

Best Digital Short

Positioned as a valuable link between the entertainment industry and the environmental community, the 2015 EMA Awards showcased the increasingly critical emphasis being placed on environmental responsibility in media and pop culture.

To learn more about EMA or to become a member, please visit green4ema.org.

Greek Reporter hosted interviews with Earth Friendly Products CEO, Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks; Actor, Ed Begley Jr; Director, George Miller and Dita Von Teese from the green carpet of the 2015 EMA Awards in Burbank, CA.