The Environmental Media Association held its annual awards ceremony on Saturday night, recognizing the efforts of those working for a healthier planet. don’t look up, Abbott Elementary, Yellowstone and The problem with Jon Stewart were among the productions praised for their work in following green practices and telling stories about environmental justice, climate action and sustainability.
Held at Sunset Las Palmas Studios in Los Angeles, the event also honored superstar Billie Eilish and her mother Maggie Baird with the EMA Missions in Music Award for their environmental work. Together, the mother-daughter duo created ‘Overheated’, an additional component to Eilish’s Happier than ever, the world tour, with climate-focused activities including clothing swaps, documentary screenings and plant-based conversations to communicate sustainable fashion issues. It was organized in conjunction with Baird’s charity, Support + Feedtackling food insecurity and the climate crisis with plant-based foods.
Eilish and Baird were on hand to accept the award, as Eilish admitted: “I feel like I don’t know anything all the time, and I never feel like I’m doing enough in many ways, especially in the environment and the world, and I’m always looking for something different, I feel like people don’t think about it as much as I’d like to, especially when I’m working with brands and we’re making things – and just the fashion industry, where I’ I’m a big fan of ben and really involved in it. It’s just terribly disturbing how people don’t really think about it.”
“My mom is the person who always thinks about it in this way that I’m so impressed with,” Eilish continued. “I always try to just do what I think my mom would want me to do, and she always thinks ahead and cares so much about the world and people and animals and creatures. I love my mom, and she really is the reason I give a fuck.”
With Finneas O’Connell also in the audience, Baird joked that it “wasn’t super easy being my kids,” because she banned them from using paper towels at home or using paper wrapping at Christmas. “I know I was annoying, and I’m still annoying, and the crazy thing was that you all had these amazing talents and developed this huge platform that finally let me do what I wanted to do most, which is feed people and talk about climate change Now I will never shut up and leave you alone.”
Holding up a copy of the 1971 book Diet for a small planetBaird also noted how “we’ve been incredibly slow in addressing the catastrophe of ranching. And it’s time, we’re out of time… plant-based foods are not the only solution to climate change, but there is no solution without it.”
Nikki Reed, an EMA board member, also took home the EMA Innovator Award for her eco-friendly lifestyle and jewelry brand, BaYou With Love, with a focus on sustainable, ethical fashion and manufacturing. She was presented with the award by Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke, while Reed spoke about her longstanding love for animals and applying it to her business.
“Change takes dedication, but it’s time to tear it down — every door, every business, every home. If there’s no triple ‘P’ built in — planet, people, profit — it can go, any business model can go,” she said.
The night of which The Hollywood Reporter was a sponsor, was presented by David Spade and Wendie Malick, with musical performances by Bishop Briggs and Samantha Ronson. Malin Akerman, Leslie Odom Jr., Lance Bass, Eli Roth, Peter Facinelli, Emile Hirsch, Paris Jackson and EMA CEO Debbie Levin were also in attendance, as were many young environmentalists who presented alongside the stars.
After winning, both Jon Stewart and don’t look up director Adam McKay sent video acceptance speeches, as McKay noted how since the Netflix movie was released in December 2021, “it’s only gotten more relevant as we’ve all seen the magnitude, scope and speed of global warming grow in terrifying , terrifying ways.” McKay also shouted out to the activists on the front lines, encouraging them to “keep screaming, keep making your voices loud and heard.”
See a full list of winners below:
don’t look up — Netflix (WINNER)
Jurassic World Dominion — Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment
Ziwe: Hot! – Show Time
The Jon Stewart Problem: Climate Change — Apple TV+ (WINNER)
Saturday Night Live: Episode #1812 — NBCUniversal, Broadway Video
Teen Titans Go!: Polly Ethylene and Tara Phthalate — Cartoon Network/Warner Bros. Animation (Warner Bros. Discovery)
Kid correspondent: Which snack is best for the planet? — Contestant/YouTube Originals (WINNER)
Mickey Mouse Funhouse: “Crystal Clear Water” — Disney Branded Television
Eating our way to extinction — Broxstar Productions LTD and Seine Pictures (WINNER)
FIN — Discovery+ (Warner Bros. Discovery)
Burning — Amazon Studios, Distribute Content, Dirty Films Youth
Unstoppable: The Rise of the Global Youth Climate Movement — WaterBear, Scythia Films, Connect4Climate and Creative Visions
The next thing you eat: Sushi — Hulu
The Green Planet: Human Worlds — BBC Studios The Natural History Unit
America the Beautiful: Brave New World — National Geographic (WINNER)
Meltdown: Three Mile Island: The Accident — Netflix
PAUL JUNGER WITT COMEDY AWARD
Abbott Elementary: Art Teacher — ABC and Delicious Non-Sequitur Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television (Warner Bros. Discovery) and 20th Television (WINNER)
American Dad: Dr. Sunderson’s SunSuckers — TBS (Warner Bros. Discovery) in association with 20th Television Animation
Keep your enthusiasm in check: the watermelon — HBO/HBO Max (Warner Bros. Discovery)
TELEVISION EPISODIC DRAMA
The Man Who Fell to Earth: New Angels of Promise – Show Time
Yellowstone: Keep the Wolves Close — Paramount Network (WINNER)
Joe Pickett: A monster at the gate — Paramount Television Studios
The End Is Nye – The Volcano Paradox — Universal Television Alternative Studio and UCP, divisions of Universal Studio Group, and Fuzzy Door (WINNER)
Home Sweet Home: Is There No TV? — Warner Bros. Unscripted Television in association with Warner Horizon and ARRAY Filmworks /NBCUniversal
Biggest Small Farm: The Return — National Geographic