Darren Aronofsky, who opted to use CGI animals rather than film live ones in Noah, will receive the Humane Society of the United States’s first Humane Filmmaker Award at the organization’s Nov. 21 “To the Rescue! New York” benefit.
According to a press release, the award was “created to recognize Aronofsky’s leadership and commitment to animal protection and welfare.” Back in March, the Humane Society hailed Aronofsky’s Noah for not using live animals in its depiction of those boarding Noah’s ark, and named him the recipient of the inaugural Humane Filmmaker prize.
In a statement, Aronofsky said that it became apparent that working with live animals would be “dangerous” for the animals. “It was also morally ambiguous considering we were making a film about the first naturalist, Noah, who saved and cared for all the varied species on the planet,” he continued. “Luckily, CGI has evolved to a point where filmmakers can do almost anything and bring any creature to life. I was happy with the results, and I encourage other filmmakers to look at digital solutions before enlisting live animals.”
Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy (a.k.a. the man who saved the Sochi puppies) will also be awarded as the Inspirational Honoree at the Nov. 21 event.