'Bolt,' 'Simpsons' top Genesis Awards

Humane Society also honors 'Oprah Winfrey'

Disney's animated dog movie "Bolt" and an episode of "The Simpsons" called "Apocalypse Cow" were among the winners at the Humane Society of the United States' 23rd Genesis Awards, held Saturday night at the Beverly Hilton.

Daytime TV stars Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres, along with Portia de Rossi, who stars in the new ABC series "Better Off Ted," were among the honorees at the awards ceremony that highlighted the news and entertainment media's coverage of animal issues.

The talk show award went to "The Oprah Winfrey Show" for throwing its spotlight on puppy mills, dogfighting and factory farming.

The Wyler Award was bestowed on DeGeneres and de Rossi for their personal efforts in raising awareness about California's Prop. 2 and the inhumane treatment of factory farm animals.

" 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' and 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' both took coverage of animal protection issues to another level in 2008," said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States. "There can be no doubt that animal protection concerns are a mainstream sensibility, and we are so grateful to these syndicated talk shows for helping spread a message of compassion and decency to millions of Americans."

A complete list of winners can be found on the next page.



THE 23rd GENESIS AWARDS



FEATURE FILM
"Bolt," Walt Disney Pictures

SID CAESAR COMEDY AWARD
"The Simpsons -- Apocalypse Cow," Fox

DRAMATIC SERIES
"Grey's Anatomy -- Life During Wartime," ABC

CHILDRENS PROGRAMMING
"Handy Manny -- Manny's Mouse Traps," Disney Channel

TV NEWSMAGAZINE – NATIONAL
"20/20 - Elephant PTSD," ABC

TV NEWSMAGAZINE – CABLE
"Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel -- Hidden Horses," HBO

NATIONAL NEWS FEATURE
"World News With Charles Gibosn -- multiple segments," ABC

LOCAL NEWS SERIES
KGO-TV, Bay Area, "I-Team Investigation: Battery Cages"
KLAS-TV 8, Las Vegas, "Elephant Abuse: Life on the Road"

LOCAL NEWS FEATURE
KHOU-TV, Houston, "Slaughtergate"

TV DOCUMENTARY
"Blinders," Documentary Channel

UNSCRIPTED TELEVISION SERIES
"30 Days - Animal Rights," FX

TALK SHOW
"The Oprah Winfrey Show -- multiple shows," syndicated

BRIGITTE BARDOT INTERNATIONAL
"The Mong Lah Connection," Sweden/worldwide

SERIES OF NEWSPAPER ARTICLES
USA Today, multiple articles by Sharon L. Peters

NEWSMAGAZINE
Newsweek, "Extinction Trade, by Sharon Begley

MAGAZINE
Sports Illustrated, "The Good News Out of the Bad Newz Kennels," by Jim Gorant

BRIGITTE BARDOT INTERNATIONAL PRINT
Daily Mail, U.K., multiple articles by Danny Penman

SPECIAL RECOGNITION
Santa Barbara News-Press, multiple editorials

THE WYLER AWARD
Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi
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