An Inconvenient Truth wins two Academy Awards

The 79th Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, were awarded today. An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore’s documentary about global warming, was nominated for best documentary. Melissa Etheridge wrote the excellent and apropos “I Need to Wake Up” for the movie, and it earned a nomination for best original song. Both of them won tonight!

I was not surprised that An Inconvenient Truth won the award for best documentary. It has had a profound impact on the consciousness of the United States—I would expect it to be eventually listed along other nation-changing creative works. Spotting that the Oscars have “gone green” this year was a good hint as well. I admit I did not expect “I Need to Wake Up” to win, however. It’s an outstanding song, but three songs from Dreamgirls were nominated as well. But the song really complements An Inconvenient Truth and expresses the dual feelings of shock and motivation so well. Congratulations to Al Gore, Melissa Etheridge, Lawrence Bender, Laurie David, and Davis Guggenheim!

If you have not yet seen An Inconvenient Truth, please do so. For more information, you may wish to read two previous weblog posts of mine: “Is It Getting Hot in Here?” and “What Are You Going to Do About Global Warming?”.

In other news, as Anarctic ice melts, scientists are able to study organisms that were previously under the ice shelves. While the discovery itself will yield interesting information about these creatures, it unfortunately is part of a trend that will ultimately cause harm (and is causing harm) to life worldwide.

In good news, as part of a buyout of Texas’ largest electric company (TXU Corp.), plans for eight of the eleven proposed coal plants may be scrapped. Combustion of coal is a major contributor to greenhouse gases and global warming.

Update: Think Progress has video clips of the acceptance speech as well as other Al Gore’s other appearances at tonight’s Academy Awards.