„An Inconvenient Truth,” the film about former Vice President Al Gore's slide show on climate change, won the Academy Award for best documentary feature.
The movie also won an Oscar for best song for Melissa Etheridge's „I Need to Wake Up.” The best-documentary award may further stir talk that Gore, a former Democratic senator from Tennessee and 2000 presidential candidate, might make another bid for the White House. Gore, who began warning about the threat of global warming three decades ago, has gained worldwide attention for his efforts to raise awareness about climate change, including a nomination for this year's Nobel Peace Prize. „We need to solve the climate crisis. It's not a political issue, it's a moral issue,” Gore, 58, said tonight after joining the movie's director, Davis Guggenheim, on stage to accept the Oscar.
The film from Viacom Inc.'s Paramount studio has generated $45.3 million in worldwide ticket sales, making it the third-highest grossing documentary ever. Gore has said he has no plans to run for president and made light of the speculation earlier during tonight's ceremony. „My fellow Americans, I'm going to take this opportunity right here and now to formally announce,” Gore said before being cut off by loud music, part of a planned joke during an Oscars appearance with actor Leonardo DiCaprio. Still, some people are taking a possible Gore run in 2008 seriously. Former President Jimmy Carter said he's pressuring Gore to enter the race.
„His burning issue now is global warming and preventing it,” Carter said in an interview aired today on ABC's „This Week.” „He can do infinitely more to accomplish that goal as the incumbent in the White House than he can making even movies that get - you know, that get Oscars.” Others, including economist Jeffrey Sachs, say they don't expect a Gore candidacy. „I don't think he's running.
He keeps saying he's not and I believe it,” Sachs, director of Columbia University's Earth Institute, said in a February 23 interview. He and Gore both spoke about the dangers of global warming at a Columbia-hosted event in New York last week. Gore's effort to raise awareness of the threat of climate change also has earned him a nomination for this year's Nobel Peace Prize.
The idea to turn Gore's lectures about global warming into a film originated with Laurie David, wife of „Seinfeld” co-creator Larry David. After seeing Gore's slide show in 2004, David successfully reached out to movie mogul and EBay Inc. founder Jeffrey Skoll and „Pulp Fiction” producer Lawrence Bender about making a movie.
While Gore said that climate change isn't a political issue, he did take aim tonight at President George W. Bush's opposition to stronger government actions to curb global warming. Bush is opposed to a mandatory cap on carbon dioxide emissions, which scientists say are a main factor in global warming.
The president says a carbon limit would hurt the economy and instead supports voluntary cuts and market incentives to develop new low-carbon emitting technologies. „We have everything we need to get started” in the fight against climate change, Gore said, „with the possible exception of the will to act. That's a renewable resource, let's renew it.” (Bloomberg)