In case you were wondering what were the most important LGBT media stories and events were this year (and who wasn’t, honestly?), look no further: the nominees for the 25th Annual GLAAD Media awards have been named. The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor positive portrayals and representations of the LGBT community in all forms of media, from journalism to film to television entertainment.
"Since its inception 25 years ago, the GLAAD Media Awards have reshaped the news and entertainment industries, inspiring thoughtful and inclusive characters and plotlines that have driven equality forward," said GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis in a prepared statement. "This year has brought momentous progress for LGBT people and families - and our nominees have created images and stories that continue to challenge misconceptions, shatter stereotypes, and change hearts and minds of millions all across the globe."
Here is a preview of the nominees, with a complete list here.
Nominated in the Outstanding Film - Wide Release: Oscar-nominated “Philomena,” “Blue Is the Warmest Color,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Kill Your Darlings,” and “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones”
Outstanding Film - Limited Release: “Concussion,” “Geography Club,” “Out in the Dark,” “Reaching for the Moon,” and “Yossi,” a sequel to the GLAAD Media Award-winning film “Yossi & Jagger” (2003).
Outstanding Comedy Series: “Glee,” “Modern Family,” and first-time nominees “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Orange is the New Black,” and “Please Like Me.”
Outstanding Drama Series: “Pretty Little Liars,” “Shameless,” “Grey's Anatomy,” “The Fosters,” and “Orphan Black,” represent a diverse range of characters and storylines.
Outstanding Music Artist: Lady Gaga is nominated alongside Elton John, Tegan and Sara, Vampire Weekend, and Goldfrapp. Goldfrapp released a powerful music video for "Annabel" about a child escaping to the woods to explore their gender, while Tegan and Sara's critically acclaimed Heartthrob was the duo's best-selling album to date.
Outstanding Documentary: “Call Me Kuchu” and “God Loves Uganda,” which was recently short-listed for an Oscar nomination. Other nominees include “Bridegroom,” “The New Black,” and “Valentine Road.”
Among the journalism nominees, “The Last Word” with Lawrence O'Donnell is nominated for Outstanding TV Journalism Segment for the "Scouts Dishonor," interview with Zach Wahls, founder of Scouts for Equality and Daniel Hernandez. Al Jazeera's The Stream received a nod for a segment on India's hijra community a portrait of GLAD attorney Mary Bonauto by Buzzfeed's Chris Geidner was nominated for Outstanding Digital Journalism Article, while a series in the Juneau Empire about Juneau, Alaska's LGBT community received a nomination for Outstanding Newspaper Article. Other journalism nominees include MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry, PBS' To the Contrary, The New York Times, Black Enterprise and HuffPost Live.
“Project Runway,” “Days of Our Lives,” “Drop Dead Diva,” “Anderson Cooper 360,” ESPN The Magazine, Black Enterprise, “Batwoman,” and “Young Avengers”
also received nominations.
Spanish-language nominees include the Univision novella “Amores Verdaderos,” which included the wedding of a gay couple, Al Punto for its coverage of the Supreme Court ruling on DOMA, and Sábado Gigante for its interview with Karina Hermosillo, the first openly gay beauty pageant contestant on Nuestra Belleza Latina.
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The GLAAD Media Awards, presented by Ketel One Vodka, Wells Fargo, and Hilton Worldwide, will be held on Saturday, April 12 and The Beverly Hilton and in New York City on May 3 at the Waldorf Astoria New York.