After walking the red carpet and showing off their impressive frocks, celebrities lucky enough to receive an invitation to this year’s Golden Globes sat down to enjoy a delicious dinner.
But guests tucked into a very different offering compared to previous years after the menu was changed to all vegan just a few days before the big event.
The presenters of the glitzy motion-picture achievement awards, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), made the decision to serve an all-vegan menu in the bid to ‘send a good message.’
And while most of the guests and fans celebrated the decision, others weren’t so sure.
Matthew Morgan, executive chef at The Beverly Hilton was told of the menu switch just days before Christmas.
He told the Hollywood Reporter : “We had the menu with fish. Then we got together with the HFPA and they wanted to make this change to send a good message.
“It’s definitely the first Golden Globes that has gone vegan.”
But celebrities opinions on the completely dairy and meat free menu are divided.
Joaquin Phoenix, who won the award for Best Actor for a Motion Picture – the “Joker” – thanked the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) on his sister’s Instagram account as well as in his acceptance speech.
He said: “By acknowledging animal agriculture’s role in the degradation of our planet and boldly taking measures to do its part to reduce harm, the HFPA has shown great leadership. Thank you, Mr. Soria, the brilliant chefs, and everyone working so hard to confront the environmental perils we face by supporting a plant-based 77th Golden Globes celebration.”
Leonardo DiCaprio and Ricky Gervais were also amongst the celebs who celebrated the changes.
But back in the UK Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan wasn’t as happy.
He said: “My belief is that eating meat helps sustains the planet and that vegans are unethical because they all eat almonds, which kills millions of bees.”
The guests were served a chilled golden beet soup to start, followed by a king oyster mushrooms and a wild-mushroom risotto, roasted baby purple and green brussel sprouts, globe carrots and pea tendrils.
And for dessert, a vegan opera dome with praline Gunaja crumble and caramelized hazelnuts.
HFPA president Lorenzo Soria told The Hollywood Reporter: “The climate crisis is surrounding us and we were thinking about the new year and the new decade. So we started talking between us about what we can do to send a signal.”
“We don’t think we’ll change the world with one meal, but we decided to take small steps to bring awareness. The food we eat, the way it is processed and grown and disposed of, all of that contributes to the climate crisis.”
Although The Golden Globes are recognised as the first awards ceremony to tackle the all vegan menu, many fast food chains like Greggs, Mcdonalds and Subway are already on board.
As like every awards ceremony, The Golden Globes did not disappoint. Some of the winners included ‘1917’ with Best Picture, Scarlett Johansson with Best Performance by an Actress in Marriage Story and Chernobyl with Best Television Limited Series.