Genesis Award nomination for Up
Disney Pixar film Up has got the thumbs up from the Humane Society of the United States.
The animated movie, featuring the voices of Edward Asner, Bob Peterson and Christopher Plummer, has been nominated for the Genesis Awards, which celebrate films and TV shows focusing on animal protection issues, said The Hollywood Reporter.
Other films nominated include Hotel For Dogs and The Men Who Stare At Goats.
Oscar nominees The Cove - which exposes the exploitation of dolphins - and Food, Inc, about agro-business, will compete against The End Of The Line, which examines over-fishing, for the feature documentary category.
"This is truly a benchmark year for feature and documentary films, with animal protection messages breaking through to mass audiences and garnering Academy Award recognition," said Humane Society senior director Beverly Kaskey.
"The Cove, which earned its director Louie Psihoyos a DGA award, is proof that even a tough animal issue like Japan's dolphin slaughter can resonate with audiences when it's the basis of thrilling, cinematic storytelling."
The annual awards, now in their 24th year, will take place at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles on March 20.