Thursday, March 25, 2010

Asian Culture Ambassador of the Decade

Turns out Jackie DID in fact get a Green Planet award - he was recognised as the Asian Cultural Ambassador of the Decade.


The rest of the winners and more on the awards:

March 24 - The Green Planet Movie Awards gala was held last night in Los Angeles to honor the best films of the year. Sponsored by the Academia Foundation and Anaheim University based out of Anaheim, California, the Green Planet Movie Awards allowed viewers from around the world to select their favorite actors and actresses, as well as favorite films in several categories.

Sandra Bullock won Best Actress for The Blind Side, while Robert Downey Jr. won Best Actor for Sherlock Holmes. Avatar won Best Picture of the Year as well as Best Science Fiction film and Best Action film, and James Cameron won Best Director for Avatar. Supporting actor nods went to Penelope Cruz for Nine and Matt Damon for Invictus.

The Green Planet Movie Awards, which acknowledge the "power of movies to inspire environmental and humanitarian efforts", honored An Inconvenient Truth as the Best Environmental Film of the Decade, while Earth was awarded Best International Environmental Film of the Decade. The Best Humanitarian Film of the Decade went to Hotel Rwanda. The Best Foriegn Cultural Film of the Decade went to Slumdog Millionaire.

Tamlyn Tomita, best known for her role in The Karate Kid, Part 2, was the host for the evening. The event featured musical performances by singers Larissa Lam and Only Won, Japanese Taiko drummers and Haitian musicians. Proceeds from a silent auction that night went to Haitian relief efforts.

A special tribute was held to honor the late actress Carrie Hamilton, daughter of legendary comedienne Carol Burnett. This year, Anaheim University established the Carrie Hamilton Entertainment Institute in honor of Hamilton, who starred in the TV show "Fame", the Broadway musical "Rent", and the 1988 film Tokyo Pop. Carrie also worked with her mother on the adaptation of Burnett's memoir One More Time for the stage play "Hollywood Arms". In 2002, Carrie died from cancer at the young age of 38.

The Carrie Hamilton Entertainment Institute is being established "with the hope of inspiring young entertainers to reach for the stars and to make the most out of and be grateful for every day, every experience and every opportunity." Rock and roll photographer Bob Gruen who photographed Hamilton on the set of Tokyo Pop spoke in her honor. Carol Burnett appeared in person to officially launch the Institute in tribute to her daughter.

The Green Planet Movie Awards had a special category of "International Film Awards Theme: Asia" recognizing the best in the Asian motion picture industry. The Best International Film (Asia) went to Mother (from Korea). The Best International Film of the Decade (Asia) went to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The Asian Cultural Ambassador of the Year went to Korean actor, Rain, while the Asian Cultural Ambassador of the Decade went to Jackie Chan, representing China.

Hiroyuki Sanada, new cast member of ABC's "Lost" accepted an award as one of the 10 Outstanding Asians in Hollywood. He said his life's work is committed to "breaking walls between cultures through the film industry."

The Anaheim University, a sponsor of the Green Planet Movie Awards, runs the Akira Kurosawa School of Film, an online state-of-the-art digital film school. For more information, visit



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