Saturday night’s 25th anniversary Genesis Awards was an evening of emotional extremes. The audience of animal lovers at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza voraciously applauded nominees and winners, but many shed tears when seeing clips of the work being honored, which often showed animal abuse.
Betty White presented the Sid Caesar Comedy Award with her “Hot in Cleveland” co-stars. “When I was 25, I don’t think they’d even started making television,” White said, to which Wendie Malick quipped, “Well, you’ve certainly made up for lost time.”
Stephen Colbert won the award, accepting via taped acceptance speech. “I want to thank you for this honor and also congratulate you for honoring me,” he said. “Rest assured this award will have plenty of room to roam on my free-range trophy ranch.”
Alyssa Milano, who was scheduled to present the feature film award, could not attend because her dog was sick. “How to Train Your Dragon” won, and the movie’s head of character animation, Simon Otto, comically summed up the night’s acceptance speeches: “We’d like to say we’re inspired by our wives and families — we have to say it — but the truth is we’re inspired by our pets.”
Guests dined on vegan fare, and both diners and dogs hit up the dance floor.