Logo for the 2012 Genesis Awards
by Michael dEstries
Categories: Animals, Causes, Film/TV.
Photo: HSUS

“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”, “War Horse”, and the animated films “Rio” and “Dolphin Tale” have all been nominated for a 2012 Feature Film Genesis Award.

And remember those vegan specials that Martha Stewart and Oprah aired? They’ve been recognized too. (But good luck beating Ellen DeGeneres!)

The Humane Society of the United States announced the nominations today for the star-studded event that celebrates animal-friendly themes in the film industry. The celebration will be held on March 24th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel with host Carrie Ann Inaba.

“It was an outstanding year for major feature films with strong animal protection content and, most significantly, a combined domestic box office gross of $468 million – $1.17 billion worldwide. Animal welfare concerns, such as chimpanzees being used in research which is addressed in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, are reaching huge audiences, thanks to the quality and engaging storylines of these films,” says Beverly Kaskey, senior director of HSUS Hollywood Outreach and executive producer of the annual Genesis Awards.

According to The Wrap, a one-hour version will air on Animal Planet in May.

Tickets for the event start at $200. To secure your seat to celebrate animal advocates in the media, visit HSUS.

Check out the full list of nominees below!

FEATURE FILM
DOLPHIN TALE  Alcon Entertainment
RIO  Twentieth Century Fox/Blue Sky Studios
RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES  Twentieth Century Fox/Chernin Entertainment
WAR HORSE  DreamWorks SKG

FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 
BORN TO BE WILD 3D Warner Bros. Pictures, IMAX Corporation
BUCK  Sundance Selects, Cedar Creek Productions
ONE LUCKY ELEPHANT  Crossover Productions, Sandbar Pictures

SID CAESAR COMEDY AWARD
THE CLEVELAND SHOW  Ain’t Nothin’ But Mutton Bustin’, FOX
THE COLBERT REPORT  multiple issues  Comedy Central
MELISSA & JOEY  Toledo’s Next Top Model  ABC Family

DRAMATIC SERIES
THE GLADES  Swamp Thing  A&E
HAWAII FIVE-0  Lapa’au  CBS

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMMING
NICK NEWS WITH LINDA ELLERBEE  Dangerous Crossroads: Human Animal vs. Wild Animal  Nickelodeon
SID THE SCIENCE KID  Save the Stump!  PBS Kids

TV NEWSMAGAZINE
20/20  egg farm cruelty  ABC
ANDERSON COOPER 360  multiple issues  CNN
E:60  cockfighting  ESPN
ISSUES WITH JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL  multiple issues  HLN

NATIONAL NEWS
ABC WORLD NEWS WITH DIANE SAWYER  egg farm cruelty
CBS EVENING NEWS WITH KATIE COURIC   multiple issues
NBC NIGHTLY NEWS WITH BRIAN WILLIAMS  multiple issues

LOCAL NEWS FEATURE
KHOU-TV (Houston)  multiple issues
KPHO-TV (Phoenix)  CBS 5 Investigates Canned Hunts
KTLA NEWS AT 10 (Los Angeles)  multiple issues
WPMI-TV (Mobile)  Alabama’s Blood Sport andTraining to Fight

LOCAL NEWS SERIES
KTNV-TV (Las Vegas)  LOLAA Kennel
WOIO-TV19 ACTION NEWS (Cleveland)  Torture at the E6 Cattle Ranch

MORNING NEWS SHOW
SUNDAY MORNING  BATS! from Barry Petersen  CBS
TODAY  multiple issues from Jill Rappaport  NBC
TODAY  Online Puppy Salesfrom Lisa Myers  NBC

TALK SHOW
THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW  multiple issues
THE MARTHA STEWART SHOW  vegan cooking
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW  vegan challenge

TV DOCUMENTARY/SPECIALS
GORDON RAMSAY:SHARK BAIT  BBC America
MADONNA OF THE MILLS  HBO2
NATURE  Broken Tail:  A Tiger’s Last Journey  PBS

REALITY SERIES
ANIMAL PLANET INVESTIGATES: CAPTIVE HUNTING EXPOSED
CRIMES AGAINST NATURE  Blood Ivory and Making a Killing  Nat Geo Wild
IT’S ME OR THE DOG  Bone Of Contention  Animal Planet
VANGUARD  Tiger Farms  Current TV

BRIGITTE BARDOT INTERNATIONAL
KOPI LUWAK / ETHICAL CONSUMERISM Carte Blanche M-Net South Africa
THE MEDAN CONNECTION  Carte Blanche M-Net South Africa

OUTSTANDING WRITTEN WORD ?MAGAZINE
MOTHER JONES  The Cruelest Show on Earth  by Deborah Nelson
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC  multiple articles  Editor in Chief, Chris Johns
O, THE OPRAH MAGAZINE  multiple articles  Editor in Chief, Susan Casey
VANITY FAIR  Agony and Ivory by Alex Shoumatoff

SERIES OF NEWSPAPER ARTICLES
LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER  Janet Patton
MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS  Chris Adams
THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT  Philip Walzer

ONLINE AWARD
THE ATLANTIC.COM multiple articles on wild horses by Andrew Cohen
LA TIMES.COM  multiple issues by Dean Kuipers
NY TIMES.COM  multiple issues by Mark Bittman
TIME.COM  multiple issues by Krista Mahr, Alexandra Silver, and Bryan Walsh

BRIGITTE BARDOT INTERNATIONAL
THE INDEPENDENT (UK) multiple articles by Martin Hickman
SOUTH ASIA magazine (Pakistan) Importance of Animals in Islam by Nilofar Ahmed, Social Justice And Ethics by Anees Jillani, and a commentary by Syed Rizvi
THE SUNDAY TIMES (UK)  multiple articles by Daniel Foggo, Simon Parry, and Hannah Ashwell

WILLIAM WILBERFORCE AWARD
PRISM  A Call to Compassion from Our Brothers the Animals by Kendra Langdon Juskus      ST. ANTHONY MESSENGER  Finding Faith in God’s Creatures by B.G. Kelley

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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