March 25, 2012
And the Winners of The Humane Society of the United States’ 26th Genesis Awards Are…
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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
RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
Twentieth Century Fox/Chernin Entertainment
BORN TO BE WILD 3D
Warner Bros. Pictures, Imax Corporation
SID CAESAR COMEDY AWARD
THE COLBERT REPORT
TEENNICK NEWS WITH LINDA ELLERBEE —“Dangerous Crossroads: Human Animal vs. Wild Animal”
SID THE SCIENCE KID — “Save the Stump!”
NBC NIGHTLY NEWS
KTLA NEWS AT 10 (Los Angeles)
WOIO-TV ACTION NEWS (Cleveland)
MORNING NEWS SHOW
THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW
GORDON RAMSAY: SHARK BAIT
ANIMAL PLANET INVESTIGATES—“Captive Hunting Exposed”
BRIGITTE BARDOT INTERNATIONAL
THE MEDAN CONNECTION —“CARTE BLANCHE M-NET SOUTH AFRICA”
OUTSTANDING WRITTEN WORD
VANITY FAIR— “Agony and Ivory”
SERIES OF NEWSPAPER ARTICLES
BRIGITTE BARDOT INTERNATIONAL
THE INDEPENDENT (UK)
WILLIAM WILBERFORCE AWARD
PRISM—“A Call to Compassion”
THE WYLER AWARD
INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN AWARD