Ice Age, Simpsons Take Enviro Awards

Though the producers have played down any political significance in the Fox Animation sequel Ice Age: The Meltdown, the hit animated movie took the top award in the feature film category at the Environmental Media Association’s 16 annual EMA Awards. The latest toon effort from Blue Sky Studios and director Carlos Saldanha beat out the live-action nominees Hoot and Syriana during the ceremony, held Wednesday night at the Ebell theater in Los Angeles.

First presented in 1991, the Environmental Media Awards honor film and television productions that increase public awareness of environmental issues and inspire personal action on these issues. The Awards recognize writers, producers, directors, actors, and others in the entertainment industry who actively expressed their concern for the environment through their work.

Another feature that sheds light on the effects of global warming, Paramount Classic’s Al Gore doc An Inconvenient Truth took the prize for documentary at this year’s event. Also up for the award were HBO’s Too Hot Not to Handle and Sony Pictures Classic’s release Who Killed the Electric Car?

In the Television Episodic Comedy category Fox’s primetime animated series The Simpsons was selected over King of the Hill and The New Adventures of Old Christine for the episode ‘The Bonfire of the Manatees.’ Meanwhile, the Wonder Pets! episode ‘Save the Trees’ won for children’s animated television, where other nominees were the Go, Diego, Go! installment ‘A Booboo on the Pygmy Marmoset’ and Higglytown Heroes‘ ‘Calling All Ducks.’

Additional winners and further information on the EMA Awards can be found at www.ema-online.org/awards_16th_annual.htm