cliffies award winner Darren AronofskyHollywood director Darren Aronofsky was awarded a best original screenplay award for his movie “Noah” at a new climate-themed movie awards program called the Cli Fi Movie Awards, dubbed “The Cliffies.” Aronofsky’s writing partner Ari Handel co-wrote the screenplay and received the award as well. He also won the best director nod for the movie as well.

The Cliffies have been set up as an annual cli fi movie awards program, and unusual for film awards, the entire event is happening online only. Over the years, as things progress, the awards program may move to a physical address in Hollywood with stage hosts and an invited audience. For now, it’s an online show, live now, and social media is carrying the day, as fans of actors like Robert Pattinson (who won a Cliffie for his role as Rey in the Australian cli fi movie “The Rover” tweeting and tumblring the news to their hearts desire.

What is this niche awards program all about? It’s a consciousness-raising tool to help raise awareness in Hollywood and in the general public about the power of cinema to influence world leaders on vital issues relating to climate change and man-made global warming. In addition to recognizing current movies each year that have a strong climate theme, the Cliffies also intend to push Hollywood movers and shakers to greenlight more climate-themed movies as time goes by. Because time is running out..

Like good novels, movies also have power, and Hollywood holds the key. The Cliffies hope to inspire Hollywood producers and directors to use their resources to fight the most important fight that humanity has ever faced — the fight against runaway climate change and global warming.

Some people say it takes a village to change the world. I say it takes a good Hollywood studio to change the world. Movies can help sound the alarm.

Other winners just announced online this week include Tilda Swinton for best actress for her role in “Snowpiercer,” and Elle Fanning for her role in the Jake Paltrow directed movie “Young Ones.” Ed Harris got a gong for his supporting actor role in “Snowpiercer” and Paltrow received a Cliffie this year for “best new director.”

Best cli fi movie of 2014 went to “Snowpiercer,” and a special children’s award for best animated cli fi series went to Taiwanese director Chiu Li-wei for his “Weather Boy!” animation series.

The popular summer movie “Into the Storm” received two below-the-line type Hollywood awards, one for ”best movie that most mirrors current climate science”, and another for ”best PR campaign for a cli fi movie by a Hollywood studio.”

And as mentioned above, “Twilight” heartthrob Robert Pattinson received a “best actor” award for his role in Australian director David Michod’s “The Rover.”

South Korean director Joon-ho Bong and American screenwriter Kelly Masterson received a Cliffie this week for best adapted screenplay, as “Snowpiercer” was adapted from a French manga published over 20 years ago.

To see an online list of the Cli Fi Movie Awards nominees and winners, go to:

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