Environmentalists honor Hannah, Nelson

HOLLYWOOD — Thesp Daryl Hannah, musician Willie Nelson, television shows and films were recognized Wednesday night at the 14th annual Environmental Media Assn. Awards.

The ceremony honors television, film and music productions that expand public awareness of environmental issues.

Hannah received the Board of Directors Ongoing Commitment Award. EMA’s highest honor was given to Hannah for her commitment to solar power, organic gardens, abused animals and bio-diesel vehicles.

Nelson was given the Missions in Music Award. He is the founder and president of Farm Aid, an organization dedicated to raising awareness about the loss of family farms and its impact on the environment, food quality and rural communities.

Awards were also given to television shows and films that highlighted environmental issues. “Without a Trace” won for TV episodic drama, and “The Simpsons” for episodic comedy.

The Children’s TV animated award went to “Braceface,” and “EnviroMysteries” won for children’s TV live action.

The EMA award for feature film went to “The Day After Tomorrow.” In the documentary category, “The Matrix” won for documentary short and “The Corporation” won for documentary feature.

“Joan of Arcadia” received the Turner drama award, while the Turner comedy award went to “My Wife and Kids.” The Turner Awards recognize television episodes that address issues relating to population growth.

Weathercaster Fritz Coleman, KNBC and the “4 Our Planet” campaign received the Community Service Award. The station developed segments that explored environmental issues such as storm drain pollution, recycled motor oil and tips for an environmental lifestyle.

The kudofest included a silent auction and organic dinner prepared by Los Angeles-area chefs. A special lane of traffic was created in front of the Ebell Theater for attendees and presenters who arrived in a Toyota Prius.

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