'Up' among Genesis Award nominees

Humane Society also picks 'Hotel for Dogs,' 'Men Who Stare'

Dug the dog might have had to endure the "cone of shame" in Disney/Pixar's "Up," but the movie is one of three features -- with DreamWorks/Nickelodeon's "Hotel for Dogs" and Overture/Smokehouse's "The Men Who Stare at Goats" -- nominated for Genesis Awards.

Presented by the Humane Society of the United States, the 24th annual awards, to be handed out March 20 at the Beverly Hilton, recognize films, TV shows and news reports that spotlight animal-protection issues.

In the feature documentary category, Oscar nominees "The Cove," which exposes the exploitation of dolphins, and "Food, Inc.," which criticizes agro-business, will compete against "The End of the Line," an examination of overfishing.

"This is truly a benchmark year for feature and documentary films, with animal-protection messages breaking through to mass audiences and garnering Academy Award recognition," said Beverly Kaskey, senior director of the Hollywood office of the HSUS and executive producer of the awards. " 'The Cove,' which earned its director Louie Psihoyos a DGA award, is proof that even a tough animal issue like Japan's dolphin slaughter can resonate with audiences when it's the basis of thrilling, cinematic storytelling."

Two animated series surfaced in the TV comedy category: An episode of "Family Guy" titled "Dog Gone" and a "South Park" installment dubbed "Whale Whores." Rounding out the group is the "Monk" episode "Mr. Monk and the Dog."

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On the TV drama series side, an episode of "Bones" titled "The Tough Man in the Tender Chicken" will compete with multiple episodes of "The Closer."

Among TV talk shows, Ellen DeGeneres earned a nom for focusing on Jonathan Safran Foer's book "Eating Animals," and Larry King was included for a show on Alaska's aerial wolf hunt.