Golden Globes 2020: This Is What Was on the Award Show’s First All-Vegan Menu

Climate change was the topic du jour at this year’s Golden Globes. Nominee Nicole Kidman cried when discussing the Australian wildfires on the red carpet ahead of the Jan. 5 ceremony. In an acceptance speech read on his behalf by Jennifer Aniston, fellow Aussie Russell Crowe singled out climate change as the cause of the fires. It is time for people to “respect our planet,” The Loudest Voice star declared.

Joaquin Phoenix, who won best actor in a drama for Joker, called for everyone — including celebrities — to make sacrifices. “We don’t have to take private jets to Palm Springs for the awards,” he said. 

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization behind the Golden Globes, is taking up Phoenix’s call for action to save the planet. Rather than serving steak or lobster at this year’s event, the HFPA opted for an all-vegan menu. 

Why the Golden Globes went vegan

The completely plant-based menu was a last-minute change that happened about two weeks before the awards, according to People. The HFPA made the shift away from animal products to “focus awareness on the need to countenance sustainable lifestyle as our world moves towards climate and environmental insecurity,” the organization said.  

In addition to the vegan menu, the HFPA got rid of all single-use plastics at the event, swapping out plastic water bottles for glass ones. 

“The climate crisis is impossible to ignore and after speaking with our peers, and friends in the community, we felt challenged to do better,” HFPA president Lorenzo Soria said in a statement. “We’re hoping to raise awareness around small changes that can have a greater impact.”

What the stars ate at the Golden Globes 

Bowl of beet soup at Golden Globes
A bowl of the beet soup served that was served at the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards | Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Moët & Chandon

Moving to a plant-based menu didn’t mean sacrificing taste. Stars dined on dishes like a chilled beet soup garnished with citrus oils, pistachios, and micro-chervil. The main entree was a wild mushroom risotto with king oyster mushroom scallops. For dessert, guests were served an opera dome cake with praline gunaja crumble and carmelized hazelnuts. 

“We’re the first awards show to go completely plant-based, no dairy or meat products at all,” Matthew Morgan, the executive chef at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, explained in a video.  

“It’s exciting to be part of it because I think the statement it’s making is extremely important,” Morgan added. “I have a 1-year-old daughter, so it’s something that really hits home for me, because I want to make sure that we’re leaving the planet in good shape for her an her generation.”

Leonardo DiCaprio, Joaquin Phoenix praise the move to a vegan menu 

Phoenix, a vegan, was a driving force behind the shift to a plant-based menu, Variety reported. In his acceptance speech, he thanked the HFPA for “acknowledging the link between animal agriculture and climate change.” 

In a tweet, Leonardo DiCaprio also thanked the HFPA for going vegan. The Once Upon a Time in Hollywood star is a well-known environmental activist. 

Host Ricky Gervais had a more cynical take on the switch to the vegan menu. “”I think it is a good idea that 800 people are trying to save the planet and arriving all in separate limos to have some veg,” he told Access Hollywood before the ceremony. 

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