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Monday, February 26, 2007

Al Gore Wins! Al Gore Wins!

If you haven't already heard, the Al Gore movie won for best documentary feature at the Academy Awards (insert registred trademark logo here). And while it is no secret what I think about the movie (quick recap - it's a video presentation about Gore's slideshow on climate change, and not a brilliant piece of doc filmmaking), I am glad to see that it won.

So what does this win mean for the "climate crisis" movement and for the movie? Well first of all getting the academy nod gives the movie a ton of credibility and prestige, and implies to the general public that it is a must-see movie. Thus more people will see it, and more people will be informed about the basics of climate change. A win-win situation.

It is also an indicator of how far the green movement has come. In the span of a year mainstream coverage of global warming and all things green has exploded. This Oscar win will mean that the mainstream coverage will continue (for the time being anyway) and seeing that the green angle is hot, companies will push the eco-friendly aspects of their products or services. We'll also see an explosion of green focused tv shows as programmers are also catching on.

However, the down side of this could mean an increase in green washing and the oversimplification of associated environmental issues, not to mention the great possibility of mis-information and a rise in skeptic spin (or a resurgence in manufactured debate.)

As for the 3+ hour televised award ceremony itself, I thought that the Al Gore/Leonardo DiCaprio interchange was amusing (and a good plug for the green efforts at the Oscars), and was glad to see Melissa Etheridge's song that played during the closing credits of An Inconvenient Truth, also got the nod. I also liked the fact that the speeches for the green wins called for greater action from the celeb crowd, the public and the government.

Whether or not Gore hops into the 2008 prez race, climate change will be an issue in the run up to elections due to the success of the Al Gore movie.

Links to my previous posts on the Al Gore movie:
Al Gore reportedly thrilled
Al Gore movie gets Oscar nod
Al Gore movie banned from Seattle area school
The Al Gore movie

3 Comments:

  • I'm so glad to see your opinion - while I agree that it's awesome for the film to have won, I don't think it's a work of art anywhere near as good as "Who Killed The Electric Car?", for just one example. But nabbing the award will be a huge win for the environment!

    By Anonymous Janis Mara, at 19:25  

  • WHO KILLED THE ELECTRIC CAR? its was the CONSUMER not a plot from GM,FORD and CHRYSLER/ PLYMOTH unlike what was presented in the liberal movie

    By Anonymous MAD BLUEBIRD, at 01:28  

  • Al Gore the king of HOT AIR he could make BARRON MUNCHHOUSEN and CHICKEN LITTLE look like pikers

    By Anonymous Flu-Bird, at 11:40  

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