26 February 2010

Nominees for the 24th annual Genesis Awards include ‘Up’ and ‘Food Inc’

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Nominees for the 24th annual Genesis Awards have been announced by The Humane Society of the United States. The Genesis Awards recognize major news and entertainment media for addressing animal awareness issues.

“This is truly a benchmark year for animal protection-themed films garnering Academy Award recognition,” said Beverly Kaskey, senior director of the Hollywood office of The HSUS and executive producer of the annual Genesis Awards. “The news and entertainment media in general have excelled this year at covering a wide range of animal issues, but a documentary film like The Cove is proof that even a tough animal issue like Japan’s dolphin slaughter can resonate with audiences when it’s at the heart of thrilling, cinematic storytelling.”

This year’s nominees spanning 18 categories include Up, Food Inc, Dog Gone (Family Guy), Saving the Turtles/A Whale of a Tale (Handy Manny), Animal Cruelty–Nicole Lapin Investigates (CNN), Buffalo Battle (Planet Green), and Puppy Mills Exposed (Animal Cops: Philadelphia). See the full list of nominees.

Entries for the Genesis Awards are submitted by media professionals and the public. The final winners are determined by The Genesis Awards Committee which includes people from animal protection and media backgrounds who have demonstrated a commitment to animal welfare.

When in Rome’s Kristen Bell will be on hand to present a special tribute to dogs. The Big Bang Theory's Kaley Cuoco, Bones' Emily Deschanel, Desperate Housewives' Teri Hatcher, House's Peter Jacobson, and CSI: Miami's Eva La Rue are among the compassionate Hollywood celebrities who will make an appearance during the awards show.

The 24th annual Genesis Awards take place on March 20, 2010 at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA. Animal Planet will air the event on April 24-25.

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