It will come as no surprise to anyone who knows me well that my vote for best picture tonight will be Avatar. As a crunchy- granola-Birkenstock-wearing-tree-hugger how could it really be otherwise? Add to that my political leanings, passion regarding the protection of indigenous populations and my spiritual inclinations, which encapsulate all of the above and my choice was practically made for me. But I was particularly impressed by an interview that James Cameron gave at a Pre Oscar Party sponsored by Global Green. He talks about how designing the “perfect” tree for the Navi has changed his perspective on all trees in his life and his wife sums the goal of the movie up perfectly I think. That we (i.e. all humanity) must radically change our view of our relationship with the planet and all living things on and in it.
I usually avoid TV by and large. I am an admitted book snob, but tonight I will be watching the 82nd Oscars and rooting for Avatar to win, if for no other reason that the message of changing our relationship with the planet becomes so mainstream that it become absurdly obvious what we must do.