GLAAD Announces Media Awards Nominees

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By Lisa Respers France

GLAAD announced the nominees for the 27th annual GLAAD Media Awards on Wednesday, and for the first time, more than 50 percent of the English-language nominations are trans-inclusive.

Nominees include Oscar-nominated films like Carol and popular TV shows such as Empire and Orange is the New Black. Streaming services earned a record seven nominations (up from three last year), with Netflix bagging five of those.

The nominees for outstanding film (wide release) are Carol, The Danish Girl, Dope, Freeheld and Grandma. Arrow, Black Sails, Empire, The Fosters, Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away with Murder, Nashville, Orphan Black, Sense8, and Shameless are nominated for outstanding drama series.

Outstanding reality program nominees are I Am Cait, I Am Jazz, New Girls on the Block, The Prancing Elites Project, and Transcendent.

GLAAD—the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender advocacy organization—announced 101 nominees in 20 English-language categories and 46 Spanish-language nominees in 11 categories. Cable networks earned 27 nominations while broadcast networks garnered 18.

“For nearly three decades, the GLAAD Media Awards have propelled inclusion in media and driven LGBT acceptance forward,” GLAAD Chief Executive Officer and President Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement. “This year’s nominees have raised the bar for creating thoughtful and diverse LGBT images and storylines, deepening audiences’ understanding of LGBT people and accelerating acceptance across the world.”

GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies will be April 2 at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles and May 14 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York. For the first time in a decade, the ceremony will be aired on Logo in April.



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