While Gore and celebration might not often be linked in the minds of most people, the Henson firm said in a release that the 2000 Democratic presidential nominee was chosen as the person who in 2006 "makes the world a better place by inspiring people to celebrate life."
Gore was cited specifically for his tireless campaigning on behalf of slowing global warming.
The entertainment-tech firm also handed out the Community Award to musician Wynton Marsalis; the Technology Award to Google Earth, and the Creativity Award to animation director Hayao Miyazaki.
The late Jim Henson was the creator of the Muppets. His company creates special effects, animation and, of course, puppets for the film industry.