Twentieth Century Fox’s “Rio” and an episode of the FOX network’s The Cleveland Show are among the eclectic field of 58 nominees for the Genesis Awards, presented by the Humand Society of the United States.
Every year, the Genesis Awards pays tribute to the major news and entertainment media for producing outstanding works that raise public awareness about animal issues. The 26th Genesis Awards will be held Saturday, March 24 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California.
Besides the animated Rio, the Feature Film nominees are the live-action War Horse, also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture; Rise of the Planet of the Apes, also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects; and Dolphin Tale, based on a true story of Winter the dolphin.
In the running for the Sid Caesar Comedy Award is “Ain’t Nothin’ But Mutton Bustin’,” an episode of The Cleveland Show. Other nominees are multiple episodes of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report and “Toledo’s Next Top Model,” an episode of ABC Family’s Melissa & Joey.
“Save the Stump!,” an episode of PBS Kids’ animated series Sid the Science Kid, was nominated in the Children’s Programming category. It’s up against “Dangerous Crossroads: Human Animal vs. Wild Animal,” an episode of Nickelodeon’s Nick News With Linda Ellerbee.
“It was an outstanding year for major feature films with strong animal protection content and, most significantly, a combined domestic box office gross of $468 million — $1.17 billion worldwide! Animal welfare concerns are reaching huge audiences, thanks to the quality and engaging storylines of these films,” said Beverly Kaskey, senior director of the Humane Society of the United States’ Hollywood Outreach program and executive producer of the Genesis Awards.