Oscar nominees trade limos for enviro-friendly cars. Keisha Castle-Hughes, Charlize Theron, and presenters Jack Black and Will Ferrell will arrive via Toyota Prius instead of gas-guzzling stretch

By Gary Susman
Updated February 26, 2004 at 05:00 AM EST
Credit: Charlize Theron: Grayson Alexander/Retna

”Whale Rider” star Keisha Castle-Hughes doesn’t want to ride a whale-sized limousine to Sunday’s Academy Awards. Instead, she’ll be pulling up to the red carpet in an environmentally-friendly hybrid fuel car, as will fellow nominees Charlize Theron, Marcia Gay Harden, Tim Robbins, and Sting, as well as presenters Robin Williams, Jack Black, and Will Ferrell. ”Even though I am not old enough to drive, I am old enough to know that the environment is in danger,” said the 13-year-old Best Actress contender in a statement. ”By taking a hybrid car to the Oscars, I can show my support for helping our planet.”

For the second year in a row, environmental group Global Green USA is providing a fleet of Toyota Priuses, which get up to 60 miles per gallon in the city, to drive ecology-minded stars to the Oscars, although Ferrell could easily drive to the Kodak Theatre in his own. ”I absolutely love our Prius,” the ”Elf” star said in a statement. ”In addition to being obviously economical and environmentally friendly, they drive great and are just plain SEXY!!! There’s no reason all Americans shouldn’t be driving hybrid cars.”

This being the Oscars, Global Green is also providing celebrities with a gift bag. It’s full of eco-friendly swag, including products from Gardenburger, Clif Bar, Stonyfield Farms Yogurt, Wai Lana Yoga, and Ethos Water. Let’s just hope the bags are recyclable.