Al Gore Wins! Al Gore Wins!
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