Leonardo DiCaprio and These 12 Other Celebs Will Be Meat-Free at the Oscars
If there’s one thing we can be sure of this award season, it’s that vegan food is the big winner. The Golden Globes kicked off a meatless trend that just won’t quit. Now, the Oscars will be going mostly meat-free at the Governor’s Ball afterparty. But what about the red carpet? Here’s a sneak peek at some of Hollywood’s most famous celebs who forego meat not just for awards season, but year-round.
1. Joaquin Phoenix. Pegged as the shoo-in for the Best Actor for his riveting “Joker” performance, much of this season’s meatless menu hype can be credited to Phoenix. He’s been a vegan and animal rights activist since age 3.
2. Rooney Mara. Phoenix’s fiancée is fellow vegan actor Rooney Mara. And she’ll no doubt stun on the red carpet once again. She stopped Phoenix in his tracks on the Golden Globes red carpet and will likely do it again Sunday night.
3. Natalie Portman. The Academy Award-winning actress will be presenting at the 92nd Academy Awards. She’s a longtime vegan, recently narrating “Eating Animals,” the 2018 documentary based on Jonathan Safran Foer’s moving memoir.
4. Billie Eilish. There’s no slowing down Eilish, even though she’s likely weighed down by all her recent Grammy’s. The cover of March Vogue, and a darling of the press, the young star will be performing the forthcoming theme to the new James Bond movie. An outspoken vegan, Eilish frequently uses her platform to call out animal rights issues and climate change.
5. James and Suzy Cameron. Filmmaker James Cameron and his wife Suzy Amis Cameron are vocal vegans and environmentalists. The “Avatar” director recently executively produced “The Game Changers” documentary that looked at myths surrounding meat consumption. He went vegan because of Suzy, and she launched the One Meal a Day For the Planet program encouraging people to go vegan at least once a day for their health and the climate. Oprah tried it for a 30-day stretch and documented each meal on her stories.
6. Brad Pitt. Expected to take home his first-ever Oscar win for Best Supporting Actor in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Pitt has been known to go meat-free for extended periods. He applauded the Golden Globes for its vegan meal. He is in the best shape of his life, and a fashion icon, so every morsel he eats at the afterparty will be watched by all.
7. Leonardo DiCaprio. Facing off with Phoenix for the Best Actor statue, DiCaprio will be a winner either way, as he has been promoting climate awareness in his upcoming work. Leo's a big fan of chef Wolfgang Puck’s vegan pizza. Puck recently shared that during the Golden Globes, DiCaprio asked the chef what vegan options he had. The environmentalist has invested in vegan snack company Hippeas, and urged his fans to reduce meat consumption in the wake of the recent devastating Amazon fires. The fires have been linked to intentional deforesting to expand land use by animal agriculture.
8. Robert Downey Jr. Iron Man gets his iron from plants these days. The real live-action figure recently declared that he was giving up meat -- and chicken -- which is partly plant-based, at least. He credits his wife Susan for the influence.
9. Zazie Beetz. Beetz stars alongside Phoenix in “Joker,” but that’s not all they have in common. She’s also a committed vegan. She credits the plant-based diet for helping her get in shape when filming “Deadpool 2.”
10. James Corden. The late-night host and 2020 Oscars presenter declared that he gave up meat in 2018 after realizing at a Christmas dinner there was a double-standard about how we perceive animals. He says that he believes there’s no difference between the animals we call pets and the ones we call dinner.
11. Diane Keaton. The legend is no stranger to the Oscars. She’s been nominated four times, and won for her iconic role in 1978’s “Annie Hall.” She’s also a longtime vegetarian. Keaton gave up meat more than 20 years ago. “As you get older, you’re more aware of the living creatures in your surroundings. Birds fly in here quite often, and I make sure the windows are open so we can get them out. Also bugs – I don’t want to kill bugs. And I’ve been a vegetarian for 20 years. I’m a gas guzzler, I’m a creep in so many ways – I can at least do that,” she said in a recent interview.
12. Jane Fonda. Another icon who’s cut way down on her meat consumption is the one and only Jane Fonda. The two-time Oscars winner and six-time nominee is now spending most of her time leading protests on Capitol Hill. Fonda is the Baby Boomer version of Greta Thunberg, leading weekly protests. Joaquin Phoenix recently lent his support at one of the events, getting arrested alongside Martin Sheen. Fonda says she’s cutting back on her red meat consumption, too.
13. Spike Lee. The legendary filmmaker won an Oscar last year for his (brilliant) screenplay for “BlacKkKlansman.” He’ll be presenting this year, and he may also be avoiding the meat. The director has been showing his support for animal rights charities, spending some time with Peace 4 Animals at last year’s ceremonies.
Who’s your favorite meat-free celebs hitting the red carpet this year?