'Fast Food' is big cheese

Genesis nods fete 'Web,' 'Feet' too

Fox Searchlight's "Fast Food Nation" was named outstanding feature film at the 21st Genesis Awards for its "uncompromising look at the link between the abuse and exploitation of people and animals in a slaughterhouse."

The awards, sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States, honor works that convey a message of respect and compassion for animals.

Paramount Pictures' "Charlotte's Web" was awarded the prize as outstanding family feature, and the Oscar-winning "Happy Feet" from Warner Bros. Pictures was named top animated family feature.

The "Million Dollar Abe" episode of Fox's "The Simpsons" received the Sid Caesar Comedy Award for "attempting to take the 'bull' out of the so-called bravery of bullfighting."

Among the other awards handed out, an episode of Fox's "Bones" was named outstanding dramatic series; an episode of Nickelodeon's "Avatar: The Last Airbender" was named outstanding children's programming; and a "Larry King Live" program from CNN on Canadian seal hunting was hailed as best TV talk show.

Paul McCartney was awarded the Wyler Award for "his enduring commitment to being a compassionate and powerful voice for animals."

The awards were given out Saturday at the Beverly Hilton.