The 25th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards will serve an exclusively vegan menu this year, the Critics Choice Association has revealed.
In a bid to ‘shine a light on sustainability and the ever-growing climate crisis our world is facing’, the organization has collaborated with Baja Fresh and The Counter to provide guests with meatless tacos and burritos, or plant-based burgers. Vegan desserts will also be served.
‘Delicious and thoughtful’
“When planning this year’s awards show, we wanted to be mindful of the impact that our event has on the environment,” said CEO of the CCA Joey Berlin, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
“Baja Fresh and The Counter were able to step up in a big way to support our decision thanks to their diverse menus of tasty food options. Together we are looking forward to providing our incredible honorees, nominees, and guests with delicious, and thoughtful, food during our show.”
It was reported that vegan actor Joaquin Phoenix, who scooped Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama) for his role as Arther Fleck in Joker, was behind the switch.
Angela Bishop, Entertainment Editor for Network Ten, tweeted: “Backstage at the Golden Globes, best actor winner and Joker star Joaquin Phoenix called on all awards ceremonies to follow their lead and go vegan. The Critics Choice Association was listening.”
Phoenix also praised The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), which runs the awards, in his acceptance speech, and called out animal agriculture.
“First I would like to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press for recognizing and acknowledging the link between animal agriculture and climate change, it’s a very bold move, making tonight plant-based,” he said.
He added: “Contrary to popular belief, I don’t want to rock the boat. The boat is already f*cking rocked. It’s really nice that so many people have come up and sent their well wishes to Australia, but we have to do more than that…
“I have not always been a virtuous man, I have learned so much, and so many of you in this room have given me multiple opportunities to get it right and I’m deeply grateful.
“But together hopefully we can be unified, and hopefully make some changes. It’s great to vote, but sometimes we have to take that responsibility on ourselves and make changes and sacrifices in our own lives, and I hope that we can do that. We don’t have to take private jets to Palm Springs. I’ll try to do better and I hope you will too.”