This year’s Oscar for Most Unreliable Performance by an AR Organization should go to the American Humane Association, the group that doles out the “No animals were harmed in the making of this film” disclaimer. This year’s Oscar contenders given that seal of approval include The Departed, Half Nelson, and Superman Returns. However, the AHA has been accused of incompetence and disregard for animal safety in films, which leaves me wondering if anybody is watching the animal actors. Nobody wants another tragedy like Flicka.
On the upside, 2006 was a happening one for animal-friendly films. Though not given the Oscar nod, Behind the Mask, Fast Food Nation, and Charlotte’s Web were honored with nominations for next month’s 21st Genesis Awards, a series that recognizes “news and entertainment media that showcase animal protection issues.”