Genesis AwardsDespite the fact that such celebs as James Cromwell (Babe), Zooey & Emily Deschanel and Jorja Fox were in attendance, the real star of the Twentieth Anniversary Genesis Awards was "Katrina" a black Labrador, rescued and adopted by photographer Jeff Mailes, and featured in a two part report on the hurricane in New Orleans. The Genesis Awards honor a diverse selection of movies and major media, including the Academy Award winning animated feature Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were Rabbit. In accepting his award, Dug Calder, key animator, amused the audience with his comment: "It seems a bit odd to be accepting an award on behalf of some very small plastic bunnies. But we are very proud of them, and none of them were harmed in the making of the film."
The Genesis Awards were founded by Gretchen Wyler, former Broadway headliner and animal activist, who is VP of the Hollywood Office of the Humane Society of the U.S. They protect all animals through education, investigation and legislation. As techno guitarist Moby stated: "If you are a public figure, I think one of the only decent exercises of fame is to draw attention to good causes." Right on Moby - Animals Rule!
Tippi Hedren at 75th Birthday partyAnother animal lover, and arguably the most talented young actress today, Dakota Fanning, will be honored by Starlight Starbright Children's foundation on March 31st at the Beverly Hilton. Ms. Fanning has received a ton of awards, including The Broadcast Critics Association, and the Bronze Leopard from the Lucarno Film Festival. For her recent Birthday, she even received 33 dozen roses from Tom Cruise, with whom she co-starred in War of the Worlds. Not bad for a 12 year old kid.