Animal Lovers Love Wallace & Gromit

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is set to pick up another award, this time from The Humane Society. The clay-animated BAFTA winner and Oscar contender from DreamWorks and Aardman is among 20 distinguished news and entertainment media honorees being acknowledged for positive coverage of animal issues at the 20th Anniversary Genesis Awards. The ceremony will be held on Saturday, March 18, at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The Genesis Awards recognize outstanding works that raise public awareness of animal-protection issues. Other recipients will include Miramax’s An Unfinished Life, Warner Bros’ Duma, Shadow’s documentary The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, CBS’ CSI, CNN’s Larry King Live, ABC’s World News Tonight, Primetime and Rodney, The New York Times and The Washington Post.

In addition to its 20 award categories, this year’s event will feature ‘The Heroes of Katrina,’ a special segment hosted by Ben Stein, which salutes the news media for drawing attention to the plight of the hurricane’s animal victims.

Presented by The Hollywood Office of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the 20th annual Anniversary Genesis Awards will be taped and edited for a two-hour primetime television broadcast on Animal Planet on Saturday, May 6. Celebrity presenter will include Ed Begley, Jr., Kelly Bishop, Linda Blair, David Boreanaz, James Cromwell, Emily Deschanel, Tippi Hedren, Lauren Holly, Joe Mantegna, Moby, Eric Roberts and Amy Smart.