The Humane Society announces the nominees for awards honoring news and entertainment media that showcase animal issues.
The Disney film "Bolt" and the tear-jerker "Marley and Me," along with television dramas "Bones," "Grey's Anatomy" and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," were among the nominees announced Wednesday for the Humane Society's awards honoring news and entertainment media that showcase animal issues.
"The Oprah Winfrey Show," "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and "Martha Stewart Living" each earned three nominations for the Genesis Awards, which will be presented March 28 at the Beverly Hilton.
ABC7's Eyewitness News was nominated for a local feature on puppy mills, while the Los Angeles Times, the Associated Press, Riverside Press-Enterprise and USA Today were all nominated for series of articles on animal issues.
The nightly news broadcasts on ABC, CBS and NBC were all nominated for best national news feature on the issue. ABC's "Nightline" and "20/20" were both nominated in the television national newsmagazine category.
"Animal protection is a subject that is finding its way into all media genres and platforms because it's an issue of genuine interest and concern to audiences everywhere," said Beverly Kaskey, senior director of the Humane Society of the United States' Hollywood office and executive producer of the 23rd annual Genesis Awards. "This year's Genesis nominees prove that whether you're a fan of animated comedies like Fox's 'Family Guy' or 'The Simpsons,' or unscripted series like FX's '30 Days' or Animal Planet's 'Whale Wars,' there's a compelling and entertaining story to be told."
Ellen DeGeneres and her spouse, Portia de Rossi, will be presented with The Wyler Award -- named for Genesis Awards founder and former Broadway headliner Gretchen Wyler -- to recognize their work on behalf of animals. Previous winners of the award include Sir Paul McCartney and Hayden Panettiere.
Here is a complete list of nominees:
"Bolt," Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
"Marley and Me," 20th Century Fox
"Red," Magnolia Pictures
"Saving Luna," Mountainside Films
SID CAESAR COMEDY AWARD
"Family Guy," McStroke, Fox
"The Simpsons," Apocalypse Cow, Fox
"Bones," "The Finger in the Nest," Fox
"Grey's Anatomy," "Life During Wartime," ABC
"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Wildlife," NBC
"Handy Manny," "Manny's Mouse Traps," Disney Channel