Tuesday 10 December 2019

Portman smiles and cringes at EMAs

Natalie Portman had to endure footage of herself in an old recycling campaign
Natalie Portman had to endure footage of herself in an old recycling campaign

Natalie Portman was surprised by an embarrassing old recycling campaign she'd recorded as a child as she presented an award at the 2010 Environmental Media Association awards at the weekend.

The Black Swan star grinned and cringed as she arrived on stage to present the EMA Corporate Responsibility Award to businessman and environmental movie producer Jeff Skoll, and a video clip of her aged 11, singing about recycling was played to the audience.

Avatar and 30 Rock were among the winners at the EMAs, which recognised individuals, organisations and productions that help increase public awareness of environmental issues.

The awards were presented at an eco-friendly ceremony at Warner Bros Studios, with organic food and compostable dinnerware.

Actors Olivia Munn and Jason Ritter hosted the event, which was sponsored by one of Hollywood's favourite green-mobiles, Toyota Prius.

Entrepreneur Ted Turner, who founded CNN, supports wildlife habitat preservation, promotes sustainable energy and furthers other environmental causes through his Turner Foundation. His award was presented by his ex-wife, Jane Fonda.

Rosario Dawson, Lance Bass and Eva Mendes were also among those presenting awards.

Turner, who says he's been an environmentalist since he was 10, said that though there is much more to be done to protect the planet, he's buoyed by the ever-increasing awareness of environmental issues in the US and worldwide.

"Even people who are not conserving, they know about it, and knowing about it is really important, because you can change," the 71-year-old media mogul said in an interview. "You can change from somebody who doesn't care much about the environment to somebody who's very concerned about it."

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