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March 25, 2012

And the Winners of The Humane Society of the United States’ 26th Genesis Awards Are…

  • Wyler Award winner Ian Somerhalder, star of "The Vampire Diaries." Tim Long/Long Photography

  • Presenter Bill Maher. Tim Long/Long Photography

  • Presenter Jon Bernthal of "The Walking Dead." Tim Long/Long Photography

  • Host Carrie Ann Inaba with Uggie, star of "The Artist." Tim Long/Long Photography

  • Presenter Moby. Tim Long/Long Photography

  • Singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat performs. Tim Long/Long Photography

  • TV Documentary winner Gordon Ramsay, of "Gordon Ramsay: Shark Bait." Tim Long/Long Photography

  • Singer and street dog defender Ke$ha. Tim Long/Long Photography

  • Presenter Kristin Bauer van Straten of "True Blood." Tim Long/Long Photography

“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” triumphed, “The Colbert Report’s” satire hit the right comedic note, and Ellen DeGeneres outshone her talk show rivals—these are among the 22 major wins at The Humane Society of the United States’ 26th Genesis Awards. The show was hosted by “Dancing with the Stars’” Carrie Ann Inaba, who opened the ceremony alongside Uggie, the show-stealing terrier from “The Artist.”

Honoring efforts in the news and entertainment media to raise public awareness of animal issues, the Genesis Awards were presented at a gala ceremony on Saturday, March 24, at The Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills, Calif. The event will be shown as a one-hour special on Animal Planet on May 5.

Feature film

The Genesis Awards recognized “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” as the Outstanding Feature Film of the year for its examination of the ethics of using chimpanzees in medical research.

Comedy and talk show

For the second year running, the Sid Caesar Comedy Award was given to “The Colbert Report” for offering a satirical twist on the whaling issue and a Utah legislator’s proposal to kill feral dogs and cats. “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” picked up Outstanding Talk Show for an informative interview with HSUS President and CEO Wayne Pacelle about dogfighting and puppy mills.

Documentaries and reality series

From a rich field of documentaries and reality series, the Morgan Freeman-narrated IMAX documentary, “Born to be Wild 3D,” emerged as the winner of the Feature Documentary prize for its celebration of the people rehabilitating baby elephants and orangutans orphaned by poaching and habitat encroachment.

“Gordon Ramsay: Shark Bait” snagged best TV Documentary for its fearless exposé of shark-finning, and “Animal Planet Investigates: Captive Hunting Exposed” received the Outstanding Reality Series award for pulling back the curtain on the so-called sport of “hunting” tame animals trapped in fenced pens.

Television news

The Genesis Awards honored ABC’s “20/20”in the TV Newsmagazine category for exposing inhumane conditions at an egg factory farm. “NBC Nightly News” was recognized with the Outstanding National News award for multiple issues, including the fate of horses used by smugglers to cross the border. The Morning News Show award went to NBC’s Jill Rappaport of “TODAY,” for an inspiring series of reports on the dedicated rescuers of homeless pets.

Print and online journalism

The culturally influential Vanity Fair was given the nod for an extensive look at the escalating ivory trade decimating African elephants. McClatchy Newspapers was cited for a series of articles spotlighting the inhumane treatment of chimpanzees in scientific research, and The Atlantic.com clinched the Online Award for incisive reporting on the politics of wild horse management and round-ups.

Honoring individuals

Deepak Chopra presented the annual Genesis Awards’ prestigious Wyler Award via video from New York to Ian Somerhalder, star of the hit series “The Vampire Diaries,” for spreading the word about critical animal issues via both traditional and social media platforms.

Indian media icon Pritish Nandy was honored with the International Humanitarian Award for his work in advancing animal welfare in India and for championing the country’s beleaguered street dogs.

The real winners

“We paid tribute to an amazing array of works that address animal protection concerns, but the real winners of The HSUS’s 26th Genesis Awards are the animals themselves, who rely on these invaluable voices to speak for them,” says Beverly Kaskey, senior director of The HSUS’s Hollywood Outreach program and executive producer of the annual Genesis Awards.

A galaxy of stars

The HSUS’s 26th Genesis Awards celebrity presenters and attendees included Kaley Cuoco, Bill Maher, Colbie Caillat, Ke$ha, Jason Ritter, Sophia Bush, Kristin Bauer van Straten, John Bernthal, Rose McGowan, Wendie Malick, Moby, Cloris Leachman, Fiona Gubelmann, Penelope Ann Miller, Pauley Perrette, Michael Vartan, Wilmer Valderrama, and Uggie.

Sponsors

The HSUS’s 26th Genesis Awards is sponsored in part by Misix, Market Development Group, The InterGroup Corporation, Hilton San Francisco Financial District, One Car One Difference, Prai Beauty Group, Tenet, Euro RSCG Edge, Honda, IMAX, Warner Bros., The Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation, American Dog Rescue and Modern Dog.

THE 26th GENESIS AWARDS WINNERS

FEATURE FILM
RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
Twentieth Century Fox/Chernin Entertainment

FEATURE DOCUMENTARY
BORN TO BE WILD 3D
Warner Bros. Pictures, Imax Corporation

SID CAESAR COMEDY AWARD
THE COLBERT REPORT
Comedy Central

DRAMATIC SERIES
HAWAII FIVE-0—“Lapa’au”
CBS

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMMING
TEENNICK NEWS WITH LINDA ELLERBEE —“Dangerous Crossroads: Human Animal vs. Wild Animal”
Nickelodeon

PRE-SCHOOL
SID THE SCIENCE KID — “Save the Stump!”
PBS KIDS

TV NEWSMAGAZINE
20/20
ABC

NATIONAL NEWS
NBC NIGHTLY NEWS

LOCAL NEWS
FEATURE
KTLA NEWS AT 10 (Los Angeles)

LOCAL NEWS
SERIES
WOIO-TV ACTION NEWS (Cleveland)

MORNING NEWS SHOW
TODAY
NBC

TALK SHOW
THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW

TV DOCUMENTARY
GORDON RAMSAY: SHARK BAIT
BBC AMERICA

REALITY SERIES
ANIMAL PLANET INVESTIGATES—“Captive Hunting Exposed”
Animal Planet

BRIGITTE BARDOT INTERNATIONAL
THE MEDAN CONNECTION —“CARTE BLANCHE M-NET SOUTH AFRICA”

OUTSTANDING WRITTEN WORD
MAGAZINE
VANITY FAIR— “Agony and Ivory”

SERIES OF NEWSPAPER ARTICLES
MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS

ONLINE AWARD
THE ATLANTIC.COM

BRIGITTE BARDOT INTERNATIONAL
THE INDEPENDENT (UK)

WILLIAM WILBERFORCE AWARD
PRISM—“A Call to Compassion”

THE WYLER AWARD
IAN SOMERHALDER

INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN AWARD
PRITISH NANDY

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