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Eco Oscars with Academy Award Nominated Film Star Zach Callison

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To celebrate Eco Oscars last weekend, we captured celebrities, green gifts and an exclusive interview with 2014 Academy Award Nominated Film Star Zach Callison, who has been in several Disney productions. This special event was held at the world famous Beverly Hilton, and featured the best brands in an eco-conscious celebrity gifting experience.

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Along with Academy Award Winners Tilda Swinton (“Michael Clayton”) and Robin Matthews (Makeup and Hairstyling “Dallas Buyers Club”), 28 nominees and 12 winners attended from Oscar nominated films, including “Gravity”, “American Hustle”, “Frozen”, “Helium”, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”, and more. Guests included: Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk and Neil Corbould (Best Visual Effects “Gravity”); Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro (Sound Mixing “Gravity”); Robert Lopez (Original Song “Frozen”); Steven Price (Original Score “Gravity”); Mark Sanger (Film Editing “Gravity”) and Kim Magnusson (Short Film Live Action “Helium”).

When we bumped into 16-yr-old Actor Zach Callison, we found out that he was the lead in the Academy Award Nominated Film for “Best Animated Feature” called “The Wind Rises.” We’ve been following Zach’s career for the past three years, and asked him about this movie and green advice. He’s a voice, TV and film actor, who’s played several Disney roles, including Prince James from “Sofia the First”, Billy from “I'm in the Band” and additional voices from “Kinect Disneyland Adventures,” who’s on a fast-track.

In “The Wind Rises”, Zach was the voice of young Jiro, who is the film’s protaganist. When asked about his film experience, Zach shared, “It is a huge honor and an exciting experience for me. I’ve been very fortunate to work with some awesome people. Working on a Myazaki film has fulfilled a dream of mine and having the film nominated for an Oscar is incredible.”

We also asked Zach for his green tips since we were at the Eco Oscars gifting suite. Zach recommends, “I believe the biggest difference everyone can make is in the small decisions we make. If everyone in their daily lives were mindful of being green and made small changes such as turning off faucets, lights, electronics, using reusable bags while shopping, then the Earth would be far better off. I believe Americans need to lead the charge in Eco-mindfulness. We consume so much of the world’s precious resources; we need to be aware of this and begin to reduce our carbon footprint before there isn’t an Earth to leave a footprint on.” Wow, so profound!

To celebrate more green, we also interviewed Juliet Thompson from Greenzones.org about their new platform and green tips. We went to their launch party at Sundance, and you can see this interview with photos of featured brands in our VIDEO: Eco Oscars with Greenzones at Beverly Hilton.

Everyone was also checking out the eco-brands, including MK Collaborative toxic-free makeup and jewelry, Caribbean Living Magazine and Hard Rock Hotels, BULA LIFE, Herbalosophy, GLACIER UNDER CANVAS, Canine Caviar, L'Arganium 100% Organic Argan Oil, Parisian Designer Joseph Agi ‘s LA + Jo, WILL Leather Goods, OFRENDA MAYA Tequila, 7eye Panoptx High Performance Sunglasses, Contraband Hats, Jus D’Amour Perfume, Empty Vase, POLISHBAR, BeautiControl Spa Bag, Circa 55, DJ Marshall Raymond and David Trubridge Award-Winning Lighting Designs.

We also interviewed Michelle Wallach from Youngevity about their toxic-free make-up line that is part of MK Collaborative (Designer Marisa Kenson). We were fortunate to receive their VIP gift bag, which included Hibiscus lip gloss (they have 350 colors), Electrified and Smoky Mountains eye shadow, Euphoric mineral blush, and more goodies that we wore on Oscar Sunday.

Many thanks to Debbie Durkin and the Eco Oscars team for another fun event, and keep your eye on Zach Callison in upcoming films. We left this event to go to The Academy Makeup and Hairstyling Nominees Panel, which seemed ironic after interviewing Youngevity.

© Liz H Kelly @LizHKelly, National Digital Entertainment Columnist and Goody PR/ Goody Awards Founder http://goodyawards.com

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