Ian Somerhalder Wins Wyler Award at Humane Society Genesis Awardspawparazzi
"Thank you ISF [Ian Somerhalder Foundation] for waging war on the imbalances and injustices in the world and standing up for those who have no voice. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart," Somerhalder tweeted after receiving the honor. He also tweeted a photo of his award with a caption that read, "Sleeping next to me tonight."
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The HSUS Genesis Awards pay tribute to the major news and entertainment media organizations, as well as writers, producers, actors and directors for their outstanding work that raises public awareness regarding animal issues. Although many celebrities were honored for their dedication to the cause, the night wasn't about them. It was about the animals they fight on behalf of every day.
The show kicked off with "Dancing with the Stars" host Carrie Ann Inaba inviting Uggie to co-present an award, followed by a performance from HSUS' spokesperson and singer Colbie Caillat. Among the winners of the evening were "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" for outstanding talk show; Gordon Ramsay for his fearless documentary on shark-finning; "The Colbert Report" for the Sid Caesar Comedy award; and "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" for feature film of the year.
Earlier in the evening, Caillat told PawNation how excited she was to be a part of this inspiring evening.
"I'm really happy to be here. I've never been to the Genesis Awards before," said Caillat. "I love animals, so [being] involved with the Humane Society was just a perfect fit ... making people aware of what we can do to make changes and to stop cruelty to animals."
Grammy-Award-winning musician Moby was also in attendance.
"I think this is the eighth time I've been to the Genesis Awards. I've been a vegan for 25 years, and I've worked with the HSUS for decades. Not to sound like a cliché, New-Age hippie, but I love all animals unconditionally," said Moby.
To learn more about the Humane Society of the United States, click here, and check out a complete list of winners below.
THE WYLER AWARD
RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX/CHERNIN ENTERTAINMENT
BORN TO BE WILD 3D
WARNER BROS. PICTURES, IMAX CORPORATION
SID CAESAR COMEDY AWARD
THE COLBERT REPORT - COMEDY CENTRAL
HAWAII FIVE-0 - "Lapa'au" - CBS
NICK NEWS WITH LINDA ELLERBEE
"Dangerous Crossroads: Human Animal vs. Wild Animal" - NICKELODEON
SID THE SCIENCE KID - "Save the Stump!"
20/20 - ABC
NBC NIGHTLY NEWS
LOCAL NEWS FEATURE
KTLA NEWS AT 10 (Los Angeles)
LOCAL NEWS SERIES
WOIO-TV ACTION NEWS (Cleveland)
MORNING NEWS SHOW
TODAY - NBC
THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - SYNDICATED
GORDON RAMSAY: SHARK BAIT - BBC AMERICA
ANIMAL PLANET INVESTIGATES: CAPTIVE HUNTING EXPOSED
BRIGITTE BARDOT INTERNATIONAL
THE MEDAN CONNECTION - CARTE BLANCHE M-NET SOUTH AFRICA
THE INDEPENDENT (UK)
OUTSTANDING WRITTEN WORD
VANITY FAIR - "Agony and Ivory"
SERIES OF NEWSPAPER ARTICLES
WILLIAM WILBERFORCE AWARD
PRISM – "A Call to Compassion"
INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN AWARD
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