'Bolt,' 'Marley & Me' among Genesis noms

Humane Society to hand out honors March 28

Three movies about dogs and a documentary about a lost killer whale will compete for best feature film honors at the 23rd Genesis Awards.

Presented by the Humane Society of the United States, the awards honor news and entertainment media showcasing animal issues. Trophies will be handed out March 28 at the Beverly Hilton.

For making news on behalf of animals, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi are set to receive the Wyler Award, named after Genesis Awards founder Gretchen Wyler.

This year's event, exec produced by Beverly Kaskey, senior director of the HSUS Hollywood office, is dedicated to ending the Canadian seal hunt.

The contenders in the best feature film category are the animated film "Bolt," the family movie "Marley & Me," the revenge drama "Red" and "Saving Luna," a documentary about a wayward whale.

A complete list of nominees is on the next page.

23rd Genesis Award nominees:

Feature film
"Bolt," Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
"Marley & Me," 20th Century Fox
"Red," Magnolia Pictures
"Saving Luna," Mountainside Films

Sid Caeser Comedy Award
"Family Guy, "McStroke," Fox
"The Simpons, "Apocalypse Cow," Fox

Drama series
"Bones, "The Finger in the Nest," Fox
"Grey's Anatomy, "Life During Wartime," ABC
"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, "Wildlife," NBC

Children's programming

"Handy Manny, "Manny's Mouse Traps," Disney Channel
"SpongeBob SquarePants," "Grooming Gary," Nickelodeon

National TV newsmagazine
"20/20," "Elephant PTSD," ABC
"Nightline," multiple segments, ABC

Cable TV newsmagazine
"Issues With Jane Velez-Mitchell," multiple segments, CNN
"Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel," "Hidden Horses," HBO

National news feature
"CBS Evening News With Katie Couric," multiple segments
"NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams," multiple segments
"World News With Charles Gibson," multiple segments, ABC

Local news series
KGO-TV (Bay Area), I-Team Investigation: Battery Cages
KLAS-TV (Las Vegas), Elephant Abuse: Life on the Road
WAGA-TV Fox 5 (Atlanta), Fulton County Animal Shelter
WKYC-TV (Cleveland), Sugarcreek Horse Slaughter

Local news feature
KABC-7 (Los Angeles), Eyewitness News at 11:00, puppy mills
KHOU-TV (Houston), Slaughtergate
WOIO-TV, 19 ACTION NEWS (Cleveland), Massillon's Mysterious Missing Tiger Cubs

TV documentary
"Blinders," Documentary Channel
"Companions to None," PBC
"National Geographic's Strange Days," "Dangerous Catch," PBS
"Planet in Peril: Battle Lines," CNN

Unscripted TV series
"30 Days," "Animal Rights," FX
"Dogtown," "Saving the Michael Vick Dogs," National Geographic Channel
"Escape to Chimp Eden," Animal Planet
"Whale Wars," "Needle in a Haystack," Animal Planet

Talk show
"The Ellen DeGeneres Show," multiple shows, syndicated
"Martha Stewart Living," "South African chimp santuary," syndicated
"The Oprah Winfrey Show," multiple shows, ABC

Brigitte Bardot International

50/50 Illegal Rhino Horn Trade (SABC 2 - South African Public Broadcaster)
"60 Minutes," "Lost Hope," (Nine Network Australia)
"The Mong Lah Connection," (Sweden/Worldwide)
"Today Tonight," "Taiji's Bitter Harvest," (Channel 7, Perth, Australia)

Series of newspaper articles
Associated Press, multiple articles by Frederick J. Frommer
Los Angeles Times, multiple articles by Carla Hall
Riverside Press-Enterprise, multiple articles by Janet Zimmerman and Ben Goad
USA Today, multiple articles by Sharon L. Peters

Stu Bykofsky, Philadelphia Daily News, Fight Puppy Mill Horrors
Nicholas D. Kristof, The New York Times, A Farm Boy Reflects, Obama's 'Secretary of Food'?
William C. Rhoden, The New York Times, Race's Aftermath Shows Brutal Side of Sport, Filly's Death Brings Issues to Fore

The New York Times Magazine, The Barnyard Strategist by Maggie Jones
Newsweek, Extinction Trade by Sharon Begley
Time, Eden For Peaceful Apes by Alex Perry and Free Dumbo! Zoos Are Bad for Elephants by Jeffrey Kluger

Men's Journal, Crackdown on The Dog Torturers by Mary A. Fischer
People, Horse Haven by Steve Helling, The Puppy Saver by Diane Herbst, A Happy Ending for Vick's Dogs and The Dog Rescuer by Champ Clark, and A Roaring Battle Over Sea Lions by Bill Hewitt
Southwest Airlines Spirit, Back to Nurture by Mike Darling
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
Sunday Times (U.K.), multiple articles by Daniel Foggo
The West Australian (Australia), Taiji's Bitter Harvest by Gary Adshead

Special recognition
Santa Barbara News Press, multiple editorials