Happy Earth Day! Today is a day to remember our planet and how we have to take care of it. If it's too cold outside or you're just not feeling outside today, have no worries! Because nature movies and documentaries are the best part of Earth Day anyways. Let's get into it!
I Am Greta
Greta Thunberg is probably the fiercest environmentalist out there, age be damned. She's here to change the world, and she's not about to let you get in her way.
Let's kick things off with a Disney classic. WALL-E could be a perfect movie. It's a perfect warning against the overuse of resources while being a charming story of a brave little robot who overcame countless obstacles to save the day. It's wholesome, it's fun, and its message is important.
Also, Jeff Garlin is in this movie. Who knew?
Ocean life is vast and magical. An entire world beyond our grasp exists just beneath the waves. It's bigger than ours, more diverse than ours, and in many ways is smarter than ours. It's a fascinating look beyond the beach.
In addition to having some of the most beautiful nature shots you'll ever see, are you telling me you don't want to watch someone scale a 3,200 ft wall of rock without a rope? I certainly do.
I love watching antelopes run away from lions as much as the next guy, but this is the best thing National Geographic ever did. It's amazing.
Lord of the Rings
That's right, Lord of the Rings. If you didn't know, New Zealand is a deeply beautiful place, and probably the best spot for Middle Earth on the whole planet. The nature shots you get in these movies are breathtaking.
In addition to that, the entire storyline of Treebeard and the Ents involves nature striking back against the tyranny of industrialism, so there's a conservationist message in here too.
Disney Nature has some of the best nature content out there for you, and this documentary on elephants is breathtaking.
They're some of the most majestic creatures on the planet. They're intelligent, endearing. They have deep cultural significance to many people, they're very very important animals. Go look at these beautiful titans of nature.
Available now on Discovery+, Planet Earth holds a special place in a lot of our hearts. For people my age, it's the original, that show that first hooked you. This was the first time that a lot of people saw how truly beautiful our planet is, and that's a very special thing.
My Octopus Teacher
Octopuses are some of the most intelligent creatures on Earth, and some of the most deeply unique. There's really nothing like them. Except squids, but that's not the point. Take a closer look at one of the craziest creatures out there with this Netflix docuseries.
Leonardo DiCaprio's first Oscar winning performance has some remarkable scenes of nature with animals and forest all around. And, of course, that giant bear.
"I am the Lorax, I speak for the trees"
This was probably the first book about conservation I ever read as a child, and it could quite possibly be the saddest thing I've ever read. It delivers a profound message.
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For the first time in a while, the Academy Award for Best Actress is completely wide open. In recent years, we've had two or three clear front runners in the category, but it's anyone's game this year. We're going to take a look at the nominees and their case for victory.
Looking at This Year's Award Circuit
But, at the Golden Globes, it was Andra Day for The United States vs. Billie Holiday. At the SAG Awards, it was Viola Davis for Ma Rainey. At the Critics Choice Awards, it was Carey Mulligan for Promising Young Woman. You see the problem?
On top of that, these ladies are competing with two time winner Frances McDormand, who gave one of the best performances of her career as Fern in Nomadland, which took home the hardware at the Golden Globes for Best Director and Best Picture.
And, Vanessa Kirby is a first time nominee, but Promising Young Woman is up for five Oscars for a reason. It was an incredible performance. We sat down with Vanessa to get her thoughts on the film, which follows the struggles of a woman who just lost her baby in childbirth.
As for what she hopes people take from the film, Vanessa said, "My biggest hope for it has always been that it reaches the people it needs to and it might be like a figurative holding of a hand. Because I think in sharing our pain and uniting in it, it helps you feel less alone"
Andra Day, a first time nominee, also had a very specific reason for making her film The United States vs. Billie Holiday, which she told us back in February.
"I want people to understand that she was a civil rights leader, and I want people to think of her when they think of Martin Luther King, when they think of Malcolm X, and Bobby Seal, and when they think of these leaders. Peaceful or militant, Billie Holiday's name should be at the forefront, if not one of the geneses of that movement"
We've got five powerful performances from five incredible women. Who will win? Who knows, but stay tuned for our live coverage this Sunday!
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