The veteran actor has been doing this since 2014, highlighting the importance of environment-friendly transportation.
The 95th Academy Awards took place on March 12 and was truly historic and monumental. While "Everything, Everywhere, All at Once" made headlines for a big victory with seven wins, there were other small and significant moments in the ceremony that caught everyone's attention. Ed Begley Jr., the veteran Hollywood actor, and his daughter Hayden Carson Begley turned heads with their environmentally conscious tradition. They showed off their subway cards upon their arrival at the Oscars' champagne carpet on Sunday, per HuffPost.
If memory serves, Ed Begley Jr. has taken the subway to the Oscars several times, but him holding his reduced-fare senior pass (with his photo on it!) is absolutely sending me https://t.co/ZBLATZqqzZ— Laura J. Nelson 🦅 (@laura_nelson) March 13, 2023
In addition to his appearances in "Better Call Saul" and "Young Sheldon," Begley has gained recognition for his environmental advocacy. And this time around, he was joined by his daughter in making a strong statement on the Oscars' champagne carpet. He and his daughter have been captured in photographs at recent Oscars events, proudly displaying their subway cards on the carpet so that viewers are aware of their mode of transportation.
Instead of arriving in a limousine like many of their celebrity peers, the Begleys have, often in the past, opted to walk to the venue. This year's ceremony was no different, as the father-daughter duo proudly held up their subway cards on the champagne carpet at the Dolby Theatre, emphasizing the importance of environmentally conscious travel options.
When Ed Begley Jr goes, he goes all the way. Of course, if he took the @MBTA , he’d have got there for the end of the Vanity Fair party! .#Oscars ? pic.twitter.com/HveFHcfW8X— Brian Riccio (@wtfdic_hour) March 13, 2023
According to reports, the Begleys walked from a nearby station to the Dolby Theatre, as the station closest to the venue is usually temporarily shut down during the Oscars. The actor and his daughter first began walking to the Oscars in 2014, with Begley even riding his bike to the event the following year, unfazed by the rain.
Other than the environment-conscious transportation of the Begleys, there are several other social issues that were highlighted during the ceremony. This year's Oscars saw a shift in focus from the traditional glamour of the champagne carpet to a small but significant element - a delicate blue ribbon sported by several celebrities at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Notable nominees such as Cate Blanchett, Bill Nighy and Guillermo del Toro were observed wearing the ribbons, which piqued the interest of onlookers who were unsure of their meaning. According to Vanity Fair, this is a classic Oscars move as the ceremony is known for subtly making political statements through such gestures.
Ed Begley Jr. and his daughter Amanda arrived at the #Oscars by taking the subway and showed off their transit cards on the red carpet.— John N (@johnage) March 12, 2023
“We got off at Vine and walked here. Public Transit is the best way to get around”.
Hell yeah. pic.twitter.com/eJb0WKsfWq
At the 2023 Oscars, a blue ribbon adorned the necklines of numerous celebrities, featuring the hashtag "#WithRefugees" printed on it. This accessory was crafted in collaboration with the UN Refugee Agency's Coalition and serves as a symbol of "compassion and solidarity" with individuals who are refugees, displaced, or forced to flee their homes due to war and persecution. According to the UNHCR, “The Coalition members showcase practical ways of supporting refugees, especially in education, shelter and employment. With its diverse membership, the Coalition helps amplify a global message of tolerance and inclusion.” With this, the Oscars not only recognized outstanding achievements in film, but also acknowledged the resilience and strength of refugees.