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GLAAD awards honor LGBTQ-friendly media

by Muri Assuncao, New York Daily News (TNS) | January 24, 2023 at 2:00 a.m.
Luke Macfarlane (left) and Billy Eichner star in “Bros.” The gay rom-com is nominated for the GLAAD award for outstanding picture. (Universal Pictures/TNS/Nicole Rivelli)

Nominations for the 34th annual GLAAD Media Awards are out — and proud.

GLAAD, the world's largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, has announced the nominees for its prestigious awards honoring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of LGBTQ people and issues.

"RuPaul's Drag Race" Season 15 contestants Sasha Colby and Salina Estitties announced some of the 295 nominees across 33 categories in a "GLAAD Drag Story Time" video uploaded to YouTube on Wednesday.

At the start of the 7-minute-long video, Colby noted the onslaught of anti-LGBTQ bills, "nasty protests and even violence" that have threatened drag performers across the United States. Co-host Estitties vowed to not let "disinformation poison our lives or silence our voices."

In 2022, GLAAD found more than 140 incidents of anti-LGBTQ protests and threats targeting drag events, including events run by the organization Drag Story Hour.

Many of this year's nominees "represent immensely [effective] projects that entertain, educate, and grow acceptance of LGBTQ people," Sarah Kate Ellis, the organization's president and chief executive officer, said in a statement.

Several nominees for television and film included transgender or nonbinary people or characters, including multi-Emmy winner "RuPaul's Drag Race," HBO's critically acclaimed reality show "We're Here," and Netflix's massively successful LGBTQ coming-of-age series "Heartstopper."

A significant number of nominees this year feature LGBTQ people of color, including all five nominees for outstanding Broadway production: "& Juliet," "A Strange Loop," "Ain't No Mo'," "Kimberly Akimbo," and "Take Me Out."

Many nominated shows and movies included powerful stories of gay women in 2022, including six of the nominees for outstanding film: wide release, and 17 of the 30 nominated television shows.

Nominees had to be published, released, or broadcast between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2022, according to organizers.

Winners will be announced in two ceremonies: in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton on March 30, and in New York City at the Hilton Midtown on May 13.

Here's a partial list of the English-language nominees. For a complete list, go to glaad.org.

Outstanding Film — Wide Release

  • "A Man Called Otto" (Columbia Pictures)
  • "Bodies Bodies Bodies" (A24)
  • "Bros" (Universal Pictures)
  • "Everything Everywhere All at Once" (A24)
  • "Lightyear" (Pixar)
  • "Nope" (Universal Pictures)
  • "Scream" (Paramount Pictures)
  • "Spoiler Alert" (Focus Features)
  • "Strange World" (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
  • "Tár" (Focus Features)


Outstanding Film — Streaming or TV

  • "Anything's Possible" (Prime Video)
  • "B-Boy Blues" (BET+)
  • "A Christmas to Treasure" (Lifetime)
  • "Crush" (Hulu)
  • "Do Revenge" (Netflix)
  • "The Fallout" (HBO Max)
  • "Fire Island" (Hulu)
  • "The Holiday Sitter" (Hallmark)
  • "Three Months" (Paramount+)
  • "Wildhood" (Hulu)


Outstanding Film — Limited Release

  • "Anais in Love" (Magnolia Pictures)
  • "Benediction" (Roadside Attractions)
  • "Death and Bowling" (Wolfe Releasing)
  • "Firebird" (Roadside Attractions)
  • "Girl Picture" (Strand Releasing)
  • "The Inspection" (A24)
  • "My Policeman" (Prime Video)
  • "Neptune Frost" (Kino Lorber)
  • "The Swimmer" (Strand Releasing)
  • "Wendell & Wild" (Netflix)


Outstanding Documentary

  • "All the Beauty and the Bloodshed" (HBO)
  • "The Andy Warhol Diaries" (Netflix)
  • "The Book of Queer" (Discovery+)
  • "Framing Agnes" (Kino Lorber)
  • "Mama's Boy" (HBO)
  • "Maurice Hines: Bring Them Back" (STARZ)
  • "Mormon No More" (Hulu)
  • "Queer for Fear" (Shudder)
  • "Sirens" (Oscilloscope)
  • "Stay on Board: The Leo Baker Story" (Netflix)


Outstanding Comedy Series

  • "Abbott Elementary" (ABC)
  • "Derry Girls" (Netflix)
  • "Hacks" (HBO Max)
  • "Harley Quinn" (HBO Max)
  • "Love, Victor" (Hulu)
  • "Never Have I Ever" (Netflix)
  • "Only Murders in the Building" (Hulu)
  • "Sex Lives of College Girls" (HBO Max)
  • "Sort Of" (HBO Max)
  • "What We Do in the Shadows" (FX)


Outstanding Drama Series

  • "9-1-1: Lone Star" (Fox)
  • "Chucky" (Syfy)
  • "Good Trouble" (Freeform)
  • "Gossip Girl" (HBO Max)
  • "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC)
  • "The L Word: Generation Q" (Showtime)
  • "P-Valley" (STARZ)
  • "September Mornings" (Prime Video)
  • "Star Trek: Discovery" (Paramount Plus)
  • "The Umbrella Academy" (Netflix)


Outstanding New TV Series

  • "A League of Their Own" (Prime Video)
  • "Heartbreak High" (Netflix)
  • "High School" (Amazon Freevee)
  • "Interview with the Vampire" (AMC)
  • "Our Flag Means Death" (HBO Max)
  • "Queer as Folk" (Peacock)
  • "The Rookie: Feds" (ABC)
  • "The Sandman" (Netflix)
  • "Somebody Somewhere" (HBO)
  • "Willow" (Disney+)


Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series

  • "American Horror Story: NYC" (FX)
  • "The Ignorant Angels" (Hulu)
  • "The Best Man: The Final Chapters" (Peacock)
  • "Welcome to Chippendales" (Hulu)
  • "The White Lotus" (HBO)


Outstanding Reality Program

  • "Bargain Block" (HGTV)
  • "The Come Up" (Freeform)
  • "Family Karma" (Bravo)
  • "Generation Drag" (Discovery+)
  • "Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness" (Netflix)
  • "Mathis Family Matters" (E!)
  • "The Real World Homecoming: New Orleans" (Paramount+)
  • "Southern Hospitality" (Bravo)
  • "Trixie Motel" (Discovery+)
  • "We're Here" (HBO)


Outstanding Reality Program — Competition

  • "The Big Brunch" (HBO Max)
  • "Dancing with the Stars" (Disney+)
  • "Legendary" (HBO Max)
  • "Lizzo's Watch Out for the Big Grrrls" (Prime Video)
  • "RuPaul's Drag Race" (VH1)
  • "So You Think You Can Dance" (Fox)
  • "Top Chef" (Bravo)
  • "Upcycle Nation" (Fuse)
  • "The Voice" (NBC)
  • "Worst Cooks in America" (Food Network)
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