Somewhat oddly, the GLAAD Media Awards split their awards across two ceremonies, three weeks apart, on opposite coasts. On Saturday, the second of these took place in New York, as a range of films, TV shows and media outlets were honored for commendable coverage of LGBT issues.
Included in the second ceremony were the two chief film awards. Best Picture Oscar nominee "Philomena" took the prize for best film in wide release, beating out the likes of "Blue is the Warmest Color" and three-time Oscar winner "Dallas Buyers Club." In the limited release section, I'm pleased to see that Stacie Passon's excellent but neglected lesbian drama "Concussion" was recognized. At the earlier ceremony, "Bridegroom" and "Call Me Kuchu" had tied for the documentary award, while "Behind the Candelabra," already lavishly rewarded, took the TV film/miniseries prize.
On the TV front, Netflix's "Orange is the New Black" was named best comedy series on Saturday; ABC Family's "The Fosters" had already won the corresponding drama category. A driving producer of "The Fosters" is actress/singer/"American Idol" judge Jennifer Lopez -- she received the honorary Vanguard Award for her work in bringing the series to screens.
Full list of winners below:
Outstanding Film - Wide Release: "Philomena"
Outstanding Film - Limited Release: "Concussion"
Outstanding Documentary: (tie) "Bridegroom," "Call Me Kuchu"
Outstanding TV Film or Miniseries: "Behind the Candelabra"
Outstanding Drama Series: "The Fosters"
Outstanding Comedy Series: "Orange is the New Black"
Outstanding Episode (in series without regular LGBT character): "Elementary" ("Snow Angels")
Outstanding Reality Program: “Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce”
Outstanding Talk Show Episode: "First Openly Gay NBA Player Jason Collins and His Family," "Oprah's Next Chapter"
Outstanding Daily Drama: “Days of Our Lives” (NBC)
Outstanding Newspaper Article: “LGBTQ in the Capital” (series) by Melissa Griffiths, Juneau Empire
Outstanding Digital Journalism – Multimedia: “We Are Here: LGBTI in Uganda” by Sunnivie Brydum, D. David Robinson, The Advocate
Outstanding Music Artist: Tegan and Sara, "Heartthrob"
Outstanding Comic Book: “Young Avengers,” written by Kieron Gillen (Marvel)
Outstanding TV Journalism: "Transgender at 11: Listening to Jazz," "20/20"
Outstanding TV Journalism Segment: "Gay Rights at Work," "MSNBC Live"
Outstanding Magazine Article: "The Hidden War Against Gay Teens" by Alex Morris, Rolling Stone
Outstanding Magazine - Overall Coverage: The New Yorker
Outstanding Digital Journalism Article: "Sex, Lies and HIV: When What You Don't Tell Your Partner Is a Crime" by Sergio Hernandez, Buzzfeed
Outstanding Blog: The New Civil Rights Movement
Pioneer Award: Norman Lear
Vanguard Award: Jennifer Lopez
Stephen F. Kolzak Award: Laverne Cox, star of “Orange Is the New Black”
International Advocate for Change Award: Manny de Guerre, founder of the Side by Side LGBT Film Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia
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Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
1996 | Crime | RSummary: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start ...Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by. It has deep soul, a wicked sense of humor, and Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Pam Grier, and Robert Forster.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
2007 | Comedy | PGSummary: Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.Director: Steve Carr
Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
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