Humane Society fetes ‘Up,’ ‘Cove’

Animal rights org also honors Ellen DeGeneres, Tippi Hedren

Recent Academy Award winners “The Cove” and “Up” took top nods at the 24th Humane Society Genesis Awards, which honor news and entertainment media for raising awareness of animal protection issues.

“The Cove” took the documentary film award, while “Up” and “Hotel for Dogs” tied for feature film honors.

“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” won talkshow for a segment highlighting the inhumane treatment of animals raised for food, and Fox’s “Bones” and “Family Guy” won other accolades in the television drama and comedy categories.

Melanie Griffith presented her mother, Tippi Hedren, with a lifetime achievement award for her advocacy on behalf of captive big cats.

Celebrity presenters and attendees included Antonio Banderas, Kirsten Bell, Teri Hatcher, Ginnifer Goodwin, Jon Lovitz and Moby.

The show took place Saturday at the Beverly Hilton and will air on Animal Planet on April 24 and 25.