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GLAAD announces nominees for annual awards.
Program will appear on Logo, VH1

by Nick Adams
At a press conference Jan. 23 at the Queer Lounge in Park City, Utah, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) announced the nominees for its 17th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, which recognizes and honors mainstream media for fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBT community and the issues that
Among the films tapped for
recognition from GLAAD this year are ‘Kiss Kiss Bang Bang’ and ‘Walk on Water.’

affect their lives. Among the nominees: critically acclaimed films “Brokeback Mountain,” “Transamerica,” and “Capote,” CBS’s new hit sitcom “Out of Practice” and ABC’s new drama “Commander in Chief,” “The Amazing Race 7,” “Nightline,” “USA Today,” two episodes of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and Spanish-language nominees “Hoy,” “TV Notas,” “Sin Fronteras” and “Noticiero Univision.”

In addition to 113 nominees in 25 categories and 45 Spanish-language nominees in 15 categories, GLAAD also announced that it will present a Special Recognition award to Bright Eyes and John Cameron Mitchell for including gay and lesbian couples in the music video for the hit single “First Day of My Life” from the album “I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning.”

In the competitive categories, cable networks led the way this year with 16 nominations, with the broadcast networks following with 13 nominees. Among the cable networks, Showtime came away with four nominations, while NBC led broadcast networks with five nominees.

For the second consecutive year, the GLAAD Media Awards will be televised on Logo, MTV Networks’ cable channel for LGBT viewers and their allies. This year, VH1 will air the program for the first time. The Logo airdate for the GLAAD Media Awards is April 15 at 9 p.m. (ET/PT). The VH1 airdate is April 16 at 11 p.m. (ET/PT).

GLAAD also announced that this year’s Barbara Gittings Award will be presented to the three new LGBT cable networks, Logo, here! and Q Television Network. In 2001, GLAAD established the Barbara Gittings Award as a way to honor pioneering individuals, groups and community media outlets that have made a significant contribution to the development of LGBT media. The first recipient of this award was Barbara Gittings, in recognition of her groundbreaking work as editor of “The Ladder,” a lesbian publication which helped pave the way for the vibrant LGBT press that exists today and for her appearances as a lesbian activist in national news media throughout the ’70s and ’80s. Subsequent Barbara Gittings Award honorees include The Advocate (2003), “In The Life” (2004) and PlanetOut (2005).

“Fair, accurate and inclusive media images have incredible cultural power,” said GLAAD President Neil G. Giuliano. “Last year audiences learned about historical figures like Alfred Kinsey and Truman Capote. They were introduced to transgender lives in ‘Transamerica’ and on ‘Oprah.’ They read about our quest for equality in The Washington Post and the Wisconsin State-Journal. This year’s GLAAD Media Awards nominees are changing the world and it’s our privilege to honor them.”

GLAAD Media Award Nominees

Outstanding film – wide release
“Brokeback Mountain” (Focus Features)
“Capote” (Sony Pictures Classics)
“The Family Stone” (20th Century Fox)
“Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” (Warner Bros.)
“Rent” (Sony Pictures)

Outstanding film - limited release
“Beautiful Boxer”
(Regent Releasing/here! Films)
“Mysterious Skin”
(TLA Releasing)
“Saving Face” (Sony Pictures Classics)
(The Weinstein Company)
“Walk On Water”
(Samuel Goldwyn Films)

Outstanding drama series
“Commander in Chief” (ABC)
“The L Word” (Showtime)
“Queer as Folk” (Showtime)
“Six Feet Under” (HBO)
“South of Nowhere” (The N)

Outstanding comedy series
“Out of Practice” (CBS)
“Shameless” (BBC America)
“Will & Grace” (NBC)

Outstanding individual episode (in a series without a regular gay character)
“Alien” “Law & Order: SVU” (NBC)
“Best Friends” “Cold Case” (CBS)
“Pilot” “My Name Is Earl” (NBC)
“Someone’s in the Kitchen with Daddy” “What I Like About You” (The WB)
“Transitions” “Without a Trace” (CBS)

Outstanding television movie or mini-series
“The Long Firm” (BBC America)
“Partner(s)” (Lifetime)

Outstanding documentary
“American Experience: Kinsey”
“Middle Sexes: Redefining He and She” (HBO)
“Same-Sex America”
(The Sundance Channel/Logo)
“We Are Dad”

Outstanding reality program
“The Amazing Race 7” (CBS)
“America’s Next Top Model 5” (UPN)
“Boone Luffey/Gillespie” ”Wife Swap” (ABC)
“Queer Eye” (Bravo)
“Straight/Gay” “30 Days” (FX)

Outstanding daily drama
“General Hospital” (ABC)
“Passions” (NBC)

clockwise: “The L Word,” “Amazing Race 7”, “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”

— Additional nominees online at www.glaad.org.

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