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‘War Horse,’ ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ Nominated for Genesis Awards

”Dolphin Tale,“ ”Rio,“ ”Buck“ also honored by Humane Society for treatment of animal issues

"Rise of the Planet of the Apes," "War Horse" and the documentary "Buck" were among the films nominated for the 26th Genesis Awards by the Human Society of the United States, the HSUS announced on Tuesday.

Andy Serkis and James Franco in Rise of the Planet of the ApesThe Genesis Awards honor films with animal-friendly themes and creative portrayals of animal protection. (In the case of "Planet of the Apes," that means a film in which apes engage in a violent revolt against mistreatment.)

In the feature film category, "Apes" and "War Horse" were nominated alongside "Dolphin Tale" and the animated film "Rio."

"Buck" will compete in the Feature Documentary category against "One Lucky Elephant" and the IMAX 3D doc "Born to Be Wild."

The most famous 2011 film to feature an animal, "The Artist," was not nominated. 

The HSUS also nominated a number of television shows, news programs, magazines, newspapers and online journalism.

The television series "The Glades" and "Hawaii Five-O" were the only nominees in the Dramatic Series category, while nominees for the Sid Caesar Comedy Award included "The Colbert Report," "The Cleveland Show" and "Melissa & Joey."

The Genesis Awards will take place on March 24 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, and will be hosted by Carrie Ann Inaba. A one-hour version will air on Animal Planet in May.

The nominations:

FEATURE FILM
DOLPHIN TALE  Alcon Entertainment 
RIO  Twentieth Century Fox/Blue Sky Studios
RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES  Twentieth Century Fox/Chernin Entertainment          
WAR HORSE  DreamWorks SKG

FEATURE DOCUMENTARY
BORN TO BE WILD 3D Warner Bros. Pictures, IMAX Corporation
BUCK  Sundance Selects, Cedar Creek Productions
ONE LUCKY ELEPHANT  Crossover Productions, Sandbar Pictures

SID CAESAR COMEDY AWARD
THE CLEVELAND SHOW  Ain’t Nothin’ But Mutton Bustin’, FOX 
THE COLBERT REPORT  multiple issues  Comedy Central
MELISSA & JOEY  Toledo’s Next Top Model  ABC Family            

DRAMATIC SERIES
THE GLADES  Swamp Thing  A&E
HAWAII FIVE-0  Lapa’au  CBS                       

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMMING
NICK NEWS WITH LINDA ELLERBEE  Dangerous Crossroads: Human Animal vs. Wild Animal  Nickelodeon
SID THE SCIENCE KID  Save the Stump!  PBS Kids               

TV NEWSMAGAZINE
20/20  egg farm cruelty  ABC
ANDERSON COOPER 360  multiple issues  CNN
E:60  cockfighting  ESPN 
ISSUES WITH JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL  multiple issues  HLN

NATIONAL NEWS
ABC WORLD NEWS WITH DIANE SAWYER  egg farm cruelty 
CBS EVENING NEWS WITH KATIE COURIC   multiple issues
NBC NIGHTLY NEWS WITH BRIAN WILLIAMS  multiple issues

LOCAL NEWS FEATURE
KHOU-TV (Houston)  multiple issues
KPHO-TV (Phoenix)  CBS 5 Investigates Canned Hunts 
KTLA NEWS AT 10 (Los Angeles)  multiple issues
WPMI-TV (Mobile)  Alabama’s Blood Sport andTraining to Fight

LOCAL NEWS SERIES
KTNV-TV (Las Vegas)  LOLAA Kennel          
WOIO-TV19 ACTION NEWS (Cleveland)  Torture at the E6 Cattle Ranch

MORNING NEWS SHOW
SUNDAY MORNING  BATS! from Barry Petersen  CBS 
TODAY  multiple issues from Jill Rappaport  NBC
TODAY  Online Puppy Salesfrom Lisa Myers  NBC

TALK SHOW
THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW  multiple issues 
THE MARTHA STEWART SHOW  vegan cooking
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW  vegan challenge

TV DOCUMENTARY/SPECIALS
GORDON RAMSAY:SHARK BAIT  BBC America
MADONNA OF THE MILLS  HBO2
NATURE  Broken Tail:  A Tiger’s Last Journey  PBS

REALITY SERIES
ANIMAL PLANET INVESTIGATES:  CAPTIVE HUNTING EXPOSED                                  
CRIMES AGAINST NATURE  Blood Ivory and Making a Killing  Nat Geo Wild
IT’S ME OR THE DOG  Bone Of Contention  Animal Planet
VANGUARD  Tiger Farms  Current TV                                              

BRIGITTE BARDOT INTERNATIONAL
KOPI LUWAK / ETHICAL CONSUMERISM Carte Blanche M-Net South Africa
THE MEDAN CONNECTION  Carte Blanche M-Net South Africa  

OUTSTANDING WRITTEN WORD
MAGAZINE

MOTHER JONES  The Cruelest Show on Earth  by Deborah Nelson
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC  multiple articles  Editor in Chief, Chris Johns

O, THE OPRAH MAGAZINE  multiple articles  Editor in Chief, Susan Casey

VANITY FAIR  Agony and Ivory by Alex Shoumatoff

SERIES OF NEWSPAPER ARTICLES

LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER  Janet Patton

MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS  Chris Adams
THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT  Philip Walzer  

ONLINE AWARD
THE ATLANTIC.COM  multiple articles on wild horses by Andrew Cohen
LA TIMES.COM  multiple issues by Dean Kuipers
NY TIMES.COM  multiple issues by Mark Bittman 
TIME.COM  multiple issues by Krista Mahr, Alexandra Silver, and Bryan Walsh

BRIGITTE BARDOT INTERNATIONAL

THE INDEPENDENT (UK) multiple articles by Martin Hickman
SOUTH ASIA magazine (Pakistan) Importance of Animals in Islam by Nilofar Ahmed, Social Justice And Ethics by Anees Jillani, and a commentary by Syed Rizvi
THE SUNDAY TIMES (UK)  multiple articles by Daniel Foggo, Simon Parry, and Hannah Ashwell


WILLIAM WILBERFORCE AWARD

PRISM  A Call to Compassion from Our Brothers the Animals by Kendra Langdon Juskus      ST. ANTHONY MESSENGER  Finding Faith in God’s Creatures by B.G. Kelley