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Genesis Awards go to the 'Apes'

March 24, 2012 | 10:00 pm

"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" was named best feature film of 2011 at the 26th Genesis Awards "for examining the ethics of using chimpanzees in medical research."

The best feature documentary award also had a simian angle, as "Born to be Wild 3D" was honored "for its celebration of the people rehabilitating baby elephants and orangutans orphaned by poaching and habitat encroachment."

The Genesis Awards were presented Saturday night in Beverly Hills by the Humane Society of the United States in recognition of media presentations that raise awareness of animal issues.

For the second year in a row, Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" won the comedy award for what the Humane Society described as "a satirical twist on the whaling issue and a Utah legislator's proposal to kill feral dogs and cats."

Among the 19 other winners were CBS' "Hawaii Five-0," PBS' "Sid the Science Kid," Nickelodeon's "Nick News With Linda Ellerbee," ABC's "20/20," NBC's "Today" and the syndicated "The Ellen Degeneres Show."

The real winners "are the animals themselves," said Beverly Kaskey, senior director of the Humane Society's Hollywood Outreach program, "who rely on these invaluable voices to speak for them."


Review of "Rise of the Planet of the Apes"

'Luck' raises stakes on animals' use in filming

 --Lee Margulies

Photo: "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." Credit: WETA Digital / Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.