'How to Train Your Dragon,' 'True Blood,' Kristin Davis Among Genesis Nominees
Winners in 17 categories will be announced at a ceremony in L.A. on March 19; the event will air on Animal Planet in the spring.
Animated dragons and Southern shape-shifters both figure in the nominations for the 25th anniversary Genesis Awards, announced Tuesday by the Humane Society of the United States.
DreamWorks Animations' How to Train Your Dragon was nominated in the feature film category, along with Miramax's The Switch. HBO's True Blood earned a nom in the dramatic series category, along with episodes of USA's Law & Order: Criminal Intent and NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
The winners in 17 categories will be announced at a ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel on March 19. The event will also air as a one-hour special on Animal Planet in the spring.
The awards recognize "outstanding reporting and creative portrayals of animal protection issues in the news and entertainment media."
At the event, actress Kristin Davis is to be honored with the organization's Wyler Award for her work in raising awareness about orphaned African elephants.
"Media attention to animal protection issues has come a long way since the Genesis Awards was launched twenty-five years ago," Beverly Kaskey, senior director of the Hollywood office of the HSUS and executive producer of awards, said. "The fact that True Blood, a show about vampires, can illustrate the cruelty of dog fighting is a sure sign that a consciousness about animal concerns is permeating popular entertainment and culture like never before."
25th Anniversary Genesis Awards Nominations
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON - DreamWorks Animation
THE SWITCH - Miramax Films
THE ELEPHANT IN THE LIVING ROOM - NightFly Entertainment
OCEANS - Disneynature / Pathe Films
SID CAESAR COMEDY AWARD
THE COLBERT REPORT, "Zoos, Bullfighting" - Comedy Central
THE DAILY SHOW, "Big Red Dogs" - Comedy Central
THE SIMPSONS, "The Squirt and the Whale" - FOX
LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT, "Inhumane Society" - USA Network
LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT, "Beef" - NBC
TRUE BLOOD, "Hitting the Ground" - HBO
ANDERSON COOPER 360, "How Safe is Your Food?" - CNN
INSIDE EDITION, "Horse Slaughter" - Syndicated
ISSUES WITH JANE VELEZ-MITCHEL, Multiple Issues - HLN
NIGHTLINE, "Got Milk?" - ABC
CNN NEWS, "Rescuing the Pelicans"
KABC 7 EYEWITNESS NEWS (Los Angeles), "Bunny Cruelty"
KHOU-TV (Houston) , "The Dog Factory: Dying to Breed"; "The Gulf Oil Spill: BP's Voiceless Victims"
KTLA NEWS AT 10 (Los Angeles), "Puppy Mills Exclusive Investigation"; "Dogfighting Investigation"; "Hatchery Hell – Investigative Report"
KHOU-TV (Houston), "Cal-Maine Eggs: The Incredible Inedible Lie"
KTNV (Channel 13, Las Vegas), "Look Puppies!"
WOIO TV 19 ACTION NEWS (Cleveland), "Ohio Dairy Farm Animal Abuse"
MORNING NEWS SHOW
CBS NEWS SUNDAY MORNING, "Going, Going, Gone / All Aflutter"
THE EARLY SHOW, "Saving the Sharks" - CBS
TODAY, "Abused Thoroughbreds" - NBC
DR. PHIL, "Confronting Animal Abuse" - Syndicated
LARRY KING LIVE, "SeaWorld Trainer Death" - CNN
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW, "All-Animal Show" - Syndicated
FATAL ATTRACTIONS: BIG CATS - Animal Planet
MY CHILD IS A MONKEY - National Geographic Channel
BLOOD DOLPHINS - Animal Planet
IT'S ME OR THE DOG: BULLY BREEDS - Animal Planet
LAST CHANCE HIGHWAY: YHE GREAT ESCAPE - Animal Planet
BRIGITTE BARDOT INTERNATIONAL
60 MINUTES AUSTRALIA, "Natural Born Killers" - Nine Network Australia
CARTE BLANCHE, "Monkey Town" - M-Net South Africa
OUTSTANDING WRITTEN WORD MAGAZINE
CONDE NAST TRAVELER, "On The Firing Line," by Susan Hack
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE, "The Kingpin," by Bryan Christy
THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE, "The Animal-Cruelty Syndrome," by Charles Siebert
TIME, "Inside the Minds of Animals," by Jeffrey Kluger
SERIES OF NEWSPAPER ARTICLES
ISTHMUS (Wisconsin), "Animal Research," by Bill Lueders
LOS ANGELES TIMES, "Rhino Poaching," by Robyn Dixon
THE ATLANTIC, "Consider the Turkey," by James McWilliams
LOS ANGELES TIMES, "Where Captives Put on a Show," by Steve Lopez
BRIGITTE BARDOT INTERNATIONAL PRINT
DAILY EXPRESS (UK), multiple articles by Bonnie Estridge
DAILY MAIL (UK), multiple articles by Danny Penman
THE SUNDAY TIMES (UK), investigative series by Jonathan Calvert, Claire Newell, Solvej Krause and Cecile Schoon
THE SUNDAY TIMES (UK), multiple articles by Daniel Foggo
WILLIAM WILBERFORCE AWARD
ADVENTIST REVIEW, "What Are We Really Doing to God's Creatures?," by Sandra Blackmer
CHRISTIANITY TODAY, "A Feast Fit for the King," by Leslie Leyland Fields
THE WYLER AWARD RECIPIENT