Genesis Awards trot out first noms

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The Hollywood Office of the Humane Society of the United States is getting into the nominations business as it announces 53 candidates in 18 categories for the 21st Genesis Awards.

The annual event, which will be March 24 at the Beverly Hilton, recognizes work from the news and entertainment media that raises public awareness of animal-protection issues. This year, the group for the first time is announcing nominations in all the categories before its awards dinner. Nominees range from such animated fare as "Happy Feet" and "Open Season" to TV interview and news shows both serious ("Larry King Live" and "Anderson Cooper 360�") and comedic ("The Daily Show With Jon Stewart").

In the category of outstanding feature film, the nominees are Fox Searchlight's "Fast Food Nation," which takes a look at the fast-food industry; National Geographic World Films' "Mountain Patrol: Kekexili," for profiling efforts to protect the Tibetan antelope; and Nikoulas Geyrhalter Film Produktion's "Our Daily Bread," an essay on the evils of mass production.

The barnyard parable "Charlotte's Web," the sled dog saga "Eight Below" and the owl-friendly "Hoot" were nominated as outstanding family feature film. The animated family film nominees are "Happy Feet," "Open Season" and "Over the Hedge."

"The Daily Show," "Lewis Black: Red White and Screwed" and "The Simpsons" will compete for the Sid Caesar Comedy Award.

Vying for best dramatic series are an episode of "Bones" that demonstrated the slaughter of farm animals and an episode of "CSI" that looked at the factory farming of chickens.

The cable documentary category includes HBO's "Dealing Dogs," Animal Planet's "Jane Goodall's Heroes" and Animal Planet's "Saving a Species: The Great Penguin Rescue."

PBS rates a category all its own: Nominated for outstanding PBS documentary are "Chimpanzees: An Unnatural History," "A Life Among Whales" and "Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean's Adventures."
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