Leonardo DiCaprio gets Green Oscar
Cinema For Peace ceremony was held last night as a part of the 59th Berlin International Film Festival.
Cinema For Peace gala highlights cinematic work to create a platform for peace and tolerance, publicly recognizing the directors and actors whose work focuses on the human condition and values, while also raising significant funds for charity.
Revolutionary Road star Leonardo DiCaprio attended the ceremony to be presented with the International Green Film Award, which is sometimes called the “Green Oscar”as it honors environmental activists and artists who dedicate their efforts to draw public attention to environmental issues.
Along with the award, DiCaprio got $250,000 donation for an environmental foundation or film project.
Leonardo DiCaprio is a board member of Global Green USA and the National Resources Defense Council. He runs The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, which helps draw attention to environmental issues. DiCaprio supports various environmental causes, and has financed and produced short films dealing with environmental protection, including Global Warming and Water Planet, as well as the environmental documentary film 11th Hour.
Cinema for Peace Award for Most Valuable Movie of the Year was presented to Milk‘s director Gus Van Sant “for the characterization of a great fighter for human rights.”
Among the nominees were Revolutionary Road “for the displayal of the inherent relation between personal, social and political aspects,” Frost / Nixon “for the controversy about justice and freedom of opinion,” Slumdog Millionaire “for the characterization of the human individual power to transform own dreams and to overcome social drawbacks, ” and Tom Cruise’s Valkyrie “for the portrayal of the resistance against Adolf Hitler.”
Mr. DiCaprio wasn’t the only big name on the Cinema For Peace list. French actress Catherine Deneuve, singer Bryan Adams, former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev, British actor Christopher Lee (The Lord of the Rings) were among the guests. They all came to Berlin to publicly discuss and address social, humanitarian and environmental issues.
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