Rio, Cleveland Show nominated for Genesis Awards

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Genesis Awards

Gen­e­sis Awards

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.

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